First, Junior Guerra goes down for a month and a half after pitching just three innings on Opening Day. In game 2, the Rockies treated Zach Davies to one of the worst starts in his young career.
It didn't help Davies that the first inning featured more adventures in attempts to play defense. Jonathan Villar didn't cover second base on a blooper hit by Carlos Gonzalez, allowing a "double." After that, Jesus Aguilar made a mental mistake of his own, allowing Trevor Story to "single" on dribbler, but Davies was able to escape with no damage.
Aguilar would redeem himself his first time up at the plate, though, staying hot with a line drive RBI single to drive in Travis Shaw, who earlier doubled, and tie the game.
Unfortunately, the defensive miscues continued. DJ LeMahieu blooped one between second base and the mound and Villar, who had to adjust around Charlie Blackmon running from first to second, couldn't come up with the grab, leaving everyone safe. That play would end up leading to a run when Nolan Arenado doubled down the line to left to score Blackmon. It got worse after a walk to Story and a three-run double by Old Friend -- and Guy Traded For Zach Davies -- Gerardo Parra to make it 4-1 in the third inning.
Just like Opening Day, though, the Brewers' lineup didn't let an early deficit get them down. Ryan Braun cut the lead to 4-2 with his first home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th, then another double from the Mayor of Ding Double City drove in Domingo Santana from first, making it 4-3. Shaw has started his Brewers career with 4 doubles in 6 at-bats.
Davies kept laboring through his start, but left the game with one out and two on in the 5th. Jhan Marinez came in and gave up an RBI double to Old Friend Mark Reynolds, who's been a pain so far this series. Charlie Blackmon added another run on an RBI single to make it 6-3, but Braun ended the inning by cutting down what would've been a second run at the plate. All 6 runs ended up being charged to Davies, who ended with a line of 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 4 BB and only 1 K.
The offense kept trying to fight back, but ultimately couldn't overcome the early shaky pitching. Shaw drove in another run with a groundout in the bottom of the 6th and Manny Pina singled in another run that inning to make it 6-5, but the back end of the Rockies' bullpen was able to stomp out any further rallies.
If there’s a bright side, it’s that new call-up Brent Suter and last-minute signing Jared Hughes kept the Rockies scoreless over the last 3 innings, keeping the Brewers in the game late.
The Brewers fall to 0-2 on the year and have Wily Peralta on the mound tomorrow night. Here's to hoping the Brewers can finally get a starter through 5 innings.