The Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies went at it today at American Family Fields of Phoenix, and AmFam Field of Phoenix played more like Coors Field in Denver on this day.
The Rockies got to Brewers’ starter, Adrian Houser, early on. Raimel Tapia led the game off with a double, which was followed by a bunt single by Garrett Hampson that allowed Tapia to go to third. Tapia would on a ground out by Josh Fuentes. Hampson, who stole second, would go to third on the play. He would also score on a ground out. This time the RBI out came from C.J. Cron.
The Brewers answered in the bottom of the first. Leading things off, Kolten Wong took Rockies’ starter Jon Gray deep. The ball cleared the right field wall, and the Brewers were on the board.
The Rockies would put a third run on the board in the top of the second. Connor Joe led the inning off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Jon Gray and a wild pitch from Houser, Joe would end up on third base. From there he scored on a Tapia ground out.
Milwaukee came up with a big inning in the bottom of the third. Daniel Robertson led things off with a single. The bases would eventually become loaded via a single by Wong and a walk to Lorenzo Cain. Christian Yelich followed suit with a grand slam.
The inning did not end on the big fly by Yelich however. Avisail Garcia singled. Travis Shaw followed with a long ball of his own, and it was 7-3, Brewers.
The Rockies would come all the way back and take the lead. Most of those runs came in a 5-run fourth. Chris Owings led the inning off with a double, and would score on a Connor Joe single. Greg Bird followed with a walk and Tapia with a single. Josh Fuentes brought both in on a double. Fuentes would later score on an error by Daniel Robertson.
The Rockies tagged one more on in the top of the sixth. With Drew Rasmussen on the mound for the Brew Crew, Garrett Hampson drew a walk. He would take second on a wild pitch and eventually score on a by Fuentes. The Rockies led 9-7.
The Brewers made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Tyrone Taylor, who has had a fantastic Spring, led the inning off with a single. Billy McKinney, who hasn’t been shabby himself, followed with a single of his own. With one out in the inning, Brice Turang singled to score Taylor, making it 9-8. Unfortunately that would be it for Milwaukee as the Rockies held on.
The Brewers take on the San Francisco Giants tomorrow night at Scottsdale Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 9:05 CT. Brett Anderson gets the ball for Milwaukee, while Aaron Sanchez toes the rubber for the Giants.