Brewers Swept out of Colorado
On the day when the Mariner’s Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history, the Brewers looked to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. The first two games of the series saw the Rockies pound Brewer starting pitchers in the early innings. Although the team rallied back in each game, the Brewers fell short on both occasions.
Mark Rogers took the mound for the series finale. Rogers, who had been on leave from the team to be present for the birth of his first child, was looking for his first big league win. However, just as his fellow starters did in the first two games of the series, Rogers found trouble in the first inning and the Brewers fell behind 3-0. It was the third consecutive game that a Brewer starter allowed at least 3 runs in the opening inning.
The Brewers would be held scoreless until the fifth inning. Carlos Gomez drew a lead-off walk and scored on a booming double by Rickie Weeks. After an infield single by Aramis Ramirez moved Weeks to third, Corey Hart’s double drove in Weeks and sent Ramirez to third. Rockies’ reliever Carlos Torres hit Jonathon Lucroy to load the bases before Nyger Morgan singled to drive in Hart and Ramirez. A sacrifice fly by Jean Segura plated Lucroy and gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
The Rockies tied the score in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Chris Nelson. Morgan’s RBI single in the top of the seventh drove in Hart moved the Brewers in front by a score of 6-5. The normally suspect Brewer bullpen would maintain that score until the bottom of the ninth inning. Jim Henderson struck out the first batter of the inning, but then the wheels came off for the rookie right hander. Henderson gave up a single to pinch hitter Wilin Rosario and then another single to Eric Young, Jr. With runners now on first and third, Tyler Colvin’s double past Hart and over first base found its way to the right field corner. Rosario scored easily on the play as the speedy Young attempted to score from first. Weeks momentarily bobbled the throw from right fielder Norichika Aoki. It would have been a close play at home but Weeks’s throw sailed over the head of Lucroy and Young scored to give the Rockies a 7-6 win.
It was the 23rd blown save by the Brewer’s bullpen. Ironically, the Major League record for blown saves in a season was set by the Colorado Rockies in 2004. That team had an astounding 34 blown saves finished the season with a record of 68-94.
By: Scott Kasten
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