Winning Pitcher: Wily Peralta
Losing Pitcher: Christian Friedrich
It didn't take long for the Brewers to gain the lead. After a relatively easy inning for Wily Peralta that saw him strike out the first two batters and end the inning on a pop up from Troy Tulowitzki, it took Rickie Weeks all of 1 pitch to hit a lead off home run. Ryan Braun drew a walk. Jonathan Lucroy struck out and Carlos Gomez popped up before Aramis Ramirez launched a 2 run home run. Khris Davis struck out but the Brewers left the first inning with a 3 run lead.
Peralta ran into some trouble in the fourth inning. Three back to back singles loaded the bases. Peralta was able to get a strike out however the next batter, Ryan Wheeler, hit a grand slam. All told, Peralta gave up 4 singles, a grand slam, and threw 31 pitches for a total of 77. It was an unfortunate affair as the first three innings went swimmingly. Rockies up 4-3.
The fifth inning was met with a lead of double by Rickie Weeks for his 3rd hit of the night in as many plate appearances. Weeks was unable to score on a line drive by Braun, but he did advance to third and with no outs Jonathan Lucroy stepped to the play with the hopes of a better outcome than last time. A better outcome was indeed the result. He hit on to deep deep center after a 9 pitch at-bat. Drew Stubbs made a jumping grab but was unable to keep it in his glove. Rickie Weeks scored but Braun was only able to make it to second base and Lucroy only wound up with a single, but it's the longest single I might have ever seen! Ramirez drew a walk to load the bases and Khris Davis would drive in a run on a sac fly to give the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
Wily Peralta was okay after the fourth. He pitched two more scoreless innings before his night was over. He did allow those 4 runs on the grand slam and gave up 8 hits and 2 walks but he also got 7 strikeouts. Not the best night of his season but he left with a lead for those of you that care about such things.
Rob Wooten started the seventh inning. He got the first out but removed for Will Smith after a base hit followed by a walk. Morneau struck out on three pitches, Tulowitzki drew a walk to load the bases, and then he made Dickerson look silly on strike 3 with his slider of death. It was a little nerve wracking but a lot of fun to see.
Brandon Kintzler was able to work around a lead off double to pitch a scoreless eighth inning. He induced back-to-back ground balls before getting a strikeout to end the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth Mark Reynolds led off with a single and went to third on the sac bunt by Segura. Yet another passed ball sent Reynolds to third base. It would prove unnecessary as Scooter Gennett knocked one over the right field fence for a 2-run pinch hit home run.
The Brewers got those two insurance runs but it was still a save opportunity so Ron Roenicke sent Francisco Rodriguez to the mound. He retired the Rockies in order with a ground out, fly out, and ground out.
Brewers improve their record to 49-32. The Cardinals are still play so until that game is decided, the Brewers will have a 5 game lead in the NL Central. Game 2 of this 4 game series against the Rockies starts a 7:10 pm CT tomorrow was Kyle Lohse looks to keep the sweep alive against Tyler Matzek.