Eddie Butler started the game and he did better than expected, keeping the Rockies in the game. For the most part, Butler pitched well except for issuing four walks over 5.2 innings. The third walk bit him hard as it preceded a two-run shot in the third inning by Adam Lind which gave Milwaukee their first lead of the season, 2-0. The resilient Rockies scratched out a run in the fifth inning on a 2-out RBI single by D.J. LeMahieu. Butler had a real tough test in the bottom of sixth. The first two Brewers reached threatening to blow the game open. Butler induced a much needed double play grounder to get two outs leaving a runner on third. Walt Weiss popped out of the dugout to call on Christian Friedrich to face our old Rox Killer, Gerrardo Parra. Door slammed. Score still 2-1.
Corey Dickerson decided that it was too hard to manufacture a run off Peralta. So he took the easy route hitting a no doubter to tie the game at 2-2. CarGo liked Dickerson’s idea and launched the longest shot of the young season in the majors to stake the Rox to a 4-2 lead in the next inning. It was believed to be measured at 466 feet. It was up to the bullpen to finish the game. Zero did his work in the eighth. Hawk came into the 9th with a save opportunity, but it was a total mess. He got grounded and shifted to death giving up two runs on four soft ground balls. Colorado was still leading 4-3 when pinch hitter Ryan Braun came up and he had a swinging bunt type single to tie the game up. Apparently everybody in purple were asleep. Upon replay, it looked like Braun actually fouled the ball off his front foot (according to Dr_C and myself) but nobody gave it a look.
On to the extra innings which Dr_C loves to keep track of bullpen match ups. He gave up on keeping track in May 2014 after the bullpen cratered game after game. LeMahieu was the lead off batter and if he got on, Rafael Ynoa would be used to move him over, otherwise it’s Baby Bull with one bullet. Out #1. Baby Bull traded places with Yona and immediately got two big curve balls to fall behind 0-2. He did not take three baits and worked back into a full count. Then F-Rod threw a fat ball to Rosario’s delight. Boom, a no-doubter. John Axford, signed as a free agent during the off season, dispatched the Brew Crew to earn the save. Hawk was unceremoniously awarded a “W”. For the first time in a very long time, we swept an opponent on the road. Yes, it really happened! Colorado remains unbeaten at 3-0 sitting atop the NL West division. Go ahead and blame Rosario for the win, roxnsox.