W: Jon Gray (3-3)
L: Freddy Peralta (1-1)
HR: MIL - Ryan Braun (6); COL - Nolan Arenado (9), David Dahl (3), Raimel Tapia (4)
The defense did no favors for Freddy Peralta in his return from the Injured List, but Peralta didn’t do himself many favors, either.
Charlie Blackmon started the game with a bunt single, and after a couple walks, Peralta was facing the bases loaded with two outs. Old friend Mark Reynolds crushed a 3-run double, and later scored on an infield single by Raimel Tapia.
The damage in the 2nd inning also came with two outs. After starting the inning by striking out opposing pitcher Jon Gray and getting Blackmon to strike out, Orlando Arcia mishandled a grounder by Trevor Story, allowing the Rockies shortstop to reach. David Dahl would follow that with an RBI double, and then Peralta delivered a high 1-2 fastball to Nolan Arenado with predictable results -- the All-Star’s 9th home run of the season.
Gray, meanwhile, held the Brewers hitless through the first 2.2 innings before running into the same old problems of his own. Ben Gamel got the Brewers’ first hit with 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd by lining a ball off of Gray. That play may have rattled Gray’s concentration, as Eric Thames followed with an “infield” single into the shift in shallow right field, and Lorenzo Cain got the Brewers on the board with an RBI double. Mike Moustakas delivered another 2 runs on an RBI single, momentarily putting the Brewers back in the game, trailing 7-3.
That hope would be short-lived, as Craig Counsell was forced to try to squeeze out as many innings as possible from Peralta, only to see him give up a 2-run home run to Dahl in the top of the 4th to boost the Rockies lead to 9-3.
Ryan Braun would get a run back in the bottom half of the 4th on an opposite field home run to right field, again briefly providing some hope of a classic Rockies-Brewers slugfest comeback.
But the Rockies would score again in the top of the 5th on a bit of a controversial play. With Taylor Williams on the mound in relief of Peralta and Tony Wolters on first with 2 outs, Blackmon appeared to fly out to deep centerfield -- except the ball came out of Cain’s glove several seconds after he appeared to make the catch up against the wall, and the umpires ruled he dropped it. Wolters never stopped running and scored for the Rockies’ 10th run. The ruling was upheld upon review. It appears “completing the process of the catch” is now also a thing in baseball.
The Brewers would pick up another run in the 6th inning on an RBI single by Braun to drive in Moustakas, and Jeremy Jeffress would appear for a second straight day, this time pitching 2 hitless innings. Jay Jackson would follow, but gave up a solo home run to Tapia for the Rockies’ final run.
The Brewers tried to mount a rally in the 9th, loading the bases with one out, forcing Bud Black to bring in closer Wade Davis with an 11-5 lead. Davis, who has a rocky history of trying to close games against the Brewers, would walk in a run against Lorenzo Cain but struck out Thames and Moustakas around that to secure the win.
After the game, Counsell was asked if Peralta would get another start in the rotation, and would only say that they would have to have a conversation before making that decision.
The Brewers drop to 17-16 on the year and have allowed 22 runs to start the month of May. The New York Mets come to town this weekend, and if there’s good news, it’s that the local 25 will miss Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who combined for 16 scoreless innings in the past two days against Cincinnati.
Brandon Woodruff, who was originally scheduled to start today, will start the first game against New York on Friday night.