Win: Matt Belisle (5-5)
Loss: John Axford (4-4)
Save: Rex Brothers (7)
HR: Aoki (6), Betancourt (11), Tulowitski (19), Dickerson (1), Cuddyer (17), Fowler (12)
MVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (.323 WPA)
LVP: John Axford (-.469 WPA)
Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph
Troy Tulowitski started the game off early with a solo home run, but the real eventful scoring didn't come until later.
After Tulowitski's homer put the Rockies up 1-0, the Brewers scored a run in three straight innings. In the second inning, Jeff Bianchi singled home Carlos Gomez on a ball that deflected off Rockies' starter Jhoulys Chacin's glove. Norichika Aoki hit a solo home run in the third to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead, then in the fourth Bianchi once again singled in a run. This time it was Caleb Gindl who scored after leading off the frame with a double.
That was all the scoring for a while as, through five innings, Donovan Hand had the makings of an excellent start. He had allowed five hits up to that point, with just one earned run. However, Corey Dickerson (<3) led off the sixth with a home run, then two batters later Michael Cuddyer tied the game with a solo shot of his own.
Hand's final line: 6 IP, 8 hits, 3 ER, 2 K, 0 BB, 3 HR.
Michael Gonzalez gave up the lead in the seventh by allowing a home run to Dexter Fowler, but Yuniesky Betancourt took the lead back in the Brewers next turn by hitting a dinger that brought home Carlos Gomez as well.
Unfortunately, John Axford had his worst outing in a while, allowing two consecutive doubles to lead off the eighth that tied the game, then giving the Rockies the lead with a Nolan Arenado RBI single. Axford could only secure one out before being pulled from the game.
Rickie Weeks got on base in the with two outs in the top of the ninth via error, but it was too little too late. The game had a lot of back and forth, unfortunately the Brewers couldn't retake the lead one more time.
Betancourt, Gomez, and Gindl all went 2-4 for Milwaukee while Juan Francisco drew the team's only walk.
The Brewers are finally out of the Mile High City and head to Chicago to take on the Cubs next. First pitch Monday is set for 7:10 CT, then the two squads will have a double-header on Tuesday.