The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off an 11-day, 10 game road trip in Denver with a four-game tilt against the Rockies, with both squads entering the series at 21-16. The Rockies, winners of six of their previous seven games, are in a tight division race in the National League West just as the Brewers find themselves in the NL Central and both team will likely be competing for the two wild card spots in the playoffs right down to the wire. With the Brewers entering the game ranked 28th in runs per game in Major League Baseball and the Rockies ranked at 26th in runs per game, something had to give in the Mile-High air.
Thursday, May 10th– Brewers 5, Rockies 2
Game One of the series started off with a bang as Lorenzo Cain took the first pitch of the series delivered by Rockies’ SP German Marquez into the center field bleachers for a lead off home run. Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story answered with a solo shot of his own in the second inning but after a Manny Pina sacrifice fly put the Brewers ahead for good in the third inning. Hernan Perez added two RBIs and Cain tacked on another RBI to give the all the offense they would need.
Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin pitched a steady 5.1 innings allowing four hits and two runs which was enough to hand the ball off to the stellar bullpen. Boone Logan, Matt Albers, Corey Knebel Jeremy Jeffress combined to finish the final 3.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out six to lockdown the Brewers victory.
Friday, May 11th– Brewers 11, Rockies 10
Game two of the series was a four-hour and twenty-minute marathon thriller that will be one of the more memorable games of the 2018 season. After the Brewers jumped out to a 3-1 lead, the Rockies jumped all over starter Brandon Woodruff scoring three runs on five hits in the third inning and then following up with five runs on five hits in the fourth innings off Woodruff and reliever Jacob Barnes to take a commanding 9-3 lead. The Brewers would then begin to claw their way back. A Shaw single scored Braun in the fifth to get the Crew within five, and then a big four run, four hits sixth inning helped get the Brewers back to striking distance. Carlos Gonzalez answered for the Rockies in the bottom of the inning to put Colorado up 10-8 and the Brewers offense went back to a stagnant level until being down to their last out.
With former Cub closer Wade Davis toeing the mound the Rockies got two quick outs in the 9th before Hernan Perez took a cutter and found the gap on the left side of the infield for a single to give the Brewers hope. Manny Pina stepped to the plate as the tying run and on the third pitch of his at-bat took a Davis fastball opposite field that landed just on top of the wall and over for a game tying home run. Deja-vu for Davis who in his last appearance against the Brewers gave up a walk-off homerun to Travis Shaw last September at Miller Park.
Jeffress came in to blank the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. After Domingo Santana lined out, Cain knocked a single to right off Rockies reliever Jake McGee. Christian Yelich struck out, but newcomer Tyler Saladino moved Cain to second base with a single to left. Shaw then beat the shift with a single to right center that scored Cain from second base and gave Shaw his third RBI of the night and put the Brewers ahead for good. Josh Hader came in and sealed the win with a 1-2-3 inning which included striking out the final two against the Rockies’ heart of the order in Blackmon, Arenado and Gonzalez. The win was the Brewers’ largest comeback win on the road since 2011 at Minnesota.
Saturday, May 12th– Rockies 4, Brewers 0
Before the game three even started things didn’t go as planned as scheduled starter Chase Anderson was scratched due to an illness and Brent Suter moved up a day in the rotation to make the start. As has been the case far too many times so far in 2018, the Brewers offense laid an egg and were shut out for the eight time which already equals the total amount of shut outs in 2017. Trevor Story lit up the scoreboard for Colorado and was responsible for driving in all four runs, including hitting two home runs.
Sunday, May 13th– Brewers 7, Rockies 3
In game four of the series the Brewers called up Freddy Peralta from AAA Colorado Springs to make the start and with his family making the trip from the Dominican Republic to witness Peralta pitch for the first time in his professional career it made for yet another memorable Mother’s Day in Brewers lore. Peralta was stellar, taking a no hitter into the sixth inning and racking up 13 strikeouts, a franchise debut record, on 98 pitches to help lead the Brewers. Saladino helped get the offense going with an RBI double which was followed up by a two RBI single by Yelich to extend the lead to 3-0. Jesus Aguliar hit a three-run home run into the left field bleachers in the sixth inning to give the Brewers all the insurance runs they would need on the afternoon.
-Even with all the positives the afternoon produced, there were some not pleasant stats in the box score as the Brewers were 3/17 with runners in scoring position and struck out at the plate 15 times.
-A win is a win and this win, coupled by Sunday losses by the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs helped move the Brewers to be alone in first place as they head to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are currently in first place in the NL West.
-The Brewers entered Sunday with an all-time best winning percentage of .627, 32-19 overall, on Mothers’ Day.
-Colorado will meet the Brewers again in Milwaukee August 3-5 for a three-game series.
Make sure to read the fantastic article by Sam Monnat from Cream City Central which details just what a superb debut Freddy Peralta had. http://www.creamcitycentral.com/brewers/freddy-peralta-shines-in-debut/