Tyler Matzek had an excellent start going six innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out three and walking none. The Brewers scratched out the only run off Matzek in the bottom of sixth inning when Rickie Weeks led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out to the right side, and scored on a Jonathon Lucroy Baltimore chopper over the drawn-in infield. Colorado answered the next inning with a lead-off double by Josh Rutledge, single by Ryan Wheeler, and a safety squeeze by pinch hitter Brandon Barnes.
The bullpen did their usual daily task of giving up runs to let the Brewers walk away with a 3-2 victory. Nick Massett started the inning giving up a double to Khris Davis. Then Massett, Rex Brothers, and “Zero Value” Ottavino combined for two walks and a HBP to force in the go-ahead run 2-1. Rutledge hit a solo shot to tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth inning. Matt Belisle got tagged with the loss when Mark Reynolds singled to start the walkoff process. Jean Segura sacrificed him to second base. Pinch hitter Scooter Gennett was intentionally walked to set up the double play. As all Rockies fans know too well Mike McKenry muffed a fastball for a passed ball. Now the double play is gone. Belisle did fan Weeks to get the second out, but he threw the first pitch right down Broadway for Ryan “PED” Braun’s walk-off single to center field.
Defensively, Wheeler did a pretty good imitation of NoDo tonight handling several tough choppers down the line. Matzek only threw 83 pitches over six innings in what was probably the best start of his young career. In my eyes, Matzek had a really good demeanor on the mound and no walking around or adjusting his cap.