WP: Jimmy Nelson (7-12); LP: Chad Bettis (10-7); Save: Tyler Thornburg (5); Homeruns: Col., none; Mil. Chris Carter (30)
Milwaukee rode strong pitching to a 4-2 win over the visiting Colorado Rockies at Miller Park. Jimmy Nelson combined with three relievers to shut down the potent Rockies offense (although they are not, of course, as potent on the road) and the Brewers made good use of their four hits to eke out the win. The Brewers did walk eight times, but only one scored. Three inning ending double plays short circuited Brewer scoring chances.
The Rockies opened the scoring in the top of the first. Top prospect David Dahl led off with a single, stole second, took third on a liner to right that Kirk Nieuwenhuis made a great diving catch of, and scored on a Jimmy Nelson wild pitch. The Rockies got two more base runners in the first, but were held to one run.
Milwaukee answered quickly. Jonathan Villar led off with a single, stole second (49), took third on Keon Broxton’s groundout, and scored when Daniel Descalso booted Ryan Braun’s grounder. Braun got the RBI, and later added a run to his stat line when he and Scooter Gennett (walk) came in on Nieuwenhuis’s single to center. 3-1 Brewers.
Chris Carter added the Brewers’ fourth run when he turned around a 3-2 fastball for his 30th homer of the season in the bottom of the fourth. 4-1 Brewers.
After a quick and efficient fourth, Nelson ran into trouble in the fifth. With one down, Dahl had his second single, stole his second base, and scored his second run on a single to right by DJ LeMahieu. Jimmy avoided further damage when he got Carlos Gonzalez on a foul out to Martin Maldonado, and the dangerous Nolan Arenado on a pop to shallow center. That left Arenado with 2 for 3 at the plate, with a double. 4-2 Brewers.
Nelson pitched through the sixth, and ended with seven hits allowed, two earned, walked nobody, and fanned four. Jimmy’s best start since facing the Reds coming out of the All Star Break resulted in his seventh win of the year.
Carlos Torres pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, and Corey Knebel pitched around a walk in the eighth. Tyler Thornburg earned save number five with a perfect ninth.
Jonathan Villar became the fourth Brewer to accumulate 50 steals in a season tonight. The last Brewer to accomplish the feat was Scott Podsednik, who stole 70 bases in 2004. Villar is currently on pace for 65 steals this season.
Tomorrow night (7:10 start time) the Rockies (60-65) will send rookie Jon Gray (8-6, 4.69) out to face the Brewers’ (54-70) Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.97).