Colorado Rockies Series Proving Milwaukee Brewers Have Work to Do
The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t have enough to beat the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of their three-game opening series. Game 1 saw Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly to win 5-4 in the bottom of the tenth inning, but the next one ended with an 8-4 Rockies victory.
It looked like the Brewers were in charge at the beginning of the game. There was a confidence and expectancy that prevailed even into the bottom of the ninth, which resulted in a late two-out rally. Maybe it was Ryan Braun hitting his first homerun of the season early in the game that inspired some hope in the Milwaukee fans.
But poor fielding, especially with fill-in Alex Gonzalez and suspect pitching is proving to be their Achilles heel. The seventh inning stretch looked more like the seventh inning slouch. When Gonzalez had to drop to the ground to get out of the way of a broken bat, he proved the Brewers really need Corey Hart back. Gonzalez did not look comfortable at first base.
The Rockies had 12 hits in game one, and 14 hits in game two. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada didn’t leave until the fifth inning, with the score tied, but even then his stuff wasn’t good enough to win. Pitching obviously has to improve if the Brewers are going to contend in their division, or plan to make it to the post season.
The bullpen didn’t look much better. Giving up four more runs in four innings doesn’t exactly bolster confidence in the pitching staff. The Brewers just didn’t have any solid pitching to rely on at all. It didn’t matter who they brought in, it was a hitting clinic by the Rockies tonight.
The Brewers have some work to do if they have any hope of a good season.
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