Entering Thursday’s series opener at Coors Field in Colorado, Brandon Woodruff had fired off 12 consecutive starts allowing two earned runs or fewer. The Rockies ended that streak in this contest, however, and handed Woodruff his third ‘L’ of the season.
The damage came early, in the bottom of the first inning. Yonathan Daza got things rolling with a one-out single. Woody then punched out Charlie Blackmon for the second out, but (future Brewer?) Trevor Story singled to shortstop, then Ryan McMahon walked to load the bases. That brought up CJ Cron, and on a 1-1 count, he launched a 97 MPH fastball out over the fence in right field for a grand slam. To pour a little more salt in the wound, the next batter, Garrrett Hampson, also went deep. At the end of one inning, it was 5-0 Rockies.
Woodruff settled in after that, navigating through five innings without allowing any more damage. He finished with the five runs allowed on five hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t get much of any support from the offense, even in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. Milwaukee didn’t record their first hit until the fourth inning and failed to push any runs across until the seventh, when the game was already out of hand.
Eric Yardley replaced Woodruff in the sixth inning and his struggles continued. He gave up three singles and two runs, though only one was earned thanks to an Avi Garcia error in right field, leaving the score 7-0 by the time he was yanked. Hoby Milner (1 IP) and Hunter Strickland (1.1 IP) also made scoreless appearances in this game.
The Brewers did manage to post a three-spot in the seventh inning. Omar Narvaez, Pablo Reyes, and Jackie Bradley, Jr. all walked to load the bases, then Luis Urias hit a double with two outs that brought home all three runners to make it a 7-3 contest. That’s where this game ended, as the Brewers have now dropped four games in a row. They’ll look to snap the cold streak on Friday behind Corbin Burnes, who will face off against Anthony Senzatela in game two of the series beginning at 7:40 PM central.