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Rockies torch the Brewers 11-4

Bullpen game turns into a rout

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies did not start out as expected. Chase Anderson was supposed to make his third start of the year against Antonio Senzatela. Unfortunately, for Anderson, he was scratched from the start due to a finger laceration. Evidently the laceration is significant enough to land him on the 10-day IL. He was replaced on the roster by Corbin Burnes who somehow was teleported from San Antonio to Milwaukee to participate in the evening’s escapades. (He was actually in Iowa on the road with the Missions.)

With the Anderson scratch, Jacob Barnes got the start in what would be a bullpen day for the Brew Crew. It was not a good “start” for Barnes as he went just the one inning, giving up two hits, three walks, and a three run bomb by Nolan Arenado.

Milwaukee answered in the bottom of the first. Eric Thames singled. Mike Moustakas followed with a two-run shot over the left field fence to tighten the contest, 3-2.

Donnie Hart took over for Jacob Barnes in the top of the second. He would pitch the next three innings. Hart was effective. He kept the Rockies scoreless, giving up just two hits and striking out two.

The Brewers threatened in the fourth, loading the bases. They were unable to convert however. Pinch hitter Ryan Braun struck out, and Lorenzo Cain grounded out to come up empty.

The Brewers loaded the bases again in the fifth. Eric Thames drew a walk. Yasmani Grandal singled to left, and Jesus Aguilar drew his third walk of the evening. Ben Gamel drove in Thames and Grandal with a single to center, giving the Brewers the lead for the first time in the game.

Corbin Burnes replaced Donnie Hart on the mound in the top of the fifth. He pitched a scoreless inning. The sixth posed more of a problem for the young pitcher. He walked Ryan McMahon and Ian Desmond followed with a single to right. McMahon advanced to third on the play. McMahon would later score on a wild pitch by Burnes. Struggling with command, Burnes walked Raimel Tapia. Next batter up, pinch hitter Tony Walters, singled up the middle scoring Desmond. The struggles continued as Charlie Blackmon doubled to score Tapia. The Rockies retook the lead, 6-4.

Matt Albers was able to pitch a scoreless seventh. Jay Jackson took over the top of the eighth, and things just did not go well for the young man. After striking out Desmond, Jackson gave up a double to Tapia. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds drew a walk. Tapia would steal third base, and the Rockies would take advantage. Tony Wolters hit a sacrifice fly to score Tapia. Jackson followed that by hitting Blackmon with a pitch. Trevor Story brought everyone home with an opposite field home run to make the score 10-4.

Jeremy Jeffress came out for the top of the ninth. The good news was that Jeffrey’s hit 95 mph on the radar gun. The bad news was that after a long battle, Nolan Arenado launched his second home run of the night off of him. That made it 11-4, and that would be the final score.

The Brewers and Rockies will finish the series tomorrow. Freddy Peralta makes his first start since returning from the IL. Jon Gray will pitch for the Rockies. The game will be a day game, starting at 12:10 CT. Folks can listen on WTMJ and watch on Fox Sports Wisconsin.