The Crew broke their five-game losing streak with a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Colorado Rockies. The win puts the Brewers back atop the NL Central.
The Brewers got off to a strong offensive start with three straight hits, all hard hit. These hits would fall for hits, unlike most of the hard contact for the Crew across the contest, and indeed, most of the series.
Luis Urías led off the game with a double to right, Willy Adames (who would go on to his third four hit game as a Milwaukee Brewer) followed up with a back-to-back double to score Urías. Christian Yelich reached on a sharp liner to right. He was later out on an Avisaíl García force out that scored Adames to bring the Brewers up 2-0.
The tenuous Coors Field lead wouldn’t hold for long. The Rockies answered right back with a litany of hits off of Adrian Houser. The first five Rockies to come to the plate in the inning either notched a hit or drove in a run until the inning mercifully ended with a double-play and the game tied 2-2.
Houser was backed up by a defense that sometimes faltered, yet managed to limit the Rockies to two runs through the fourth inning, despite that fact that Houser didn’t throw a strikeout until the final out of the third inning. He would go on to allow nine hits, five (earned) runs, walk two, and strike out two across six innings.
The Rockies would tack on another run in the second with a Ramiel Tapia single that glanced off Luis Urías’ glove and ended up in center field. It was enough to score Elías Díaz who had reached on a walk earlier in the inning. The Brewers would answer in the third, when a Christian Yelich RBI groundout scored Luis Urías, who had previously reached on a walk.
The Crew had a real threat going on in the fourth when Jace Peterson and Daniel Robertson opened the inning with singles. Jackie Bradley Jr. walked to load the bases with nobody out. Houser watched four strikes go by him, which brought Luis Urías, the most consistent hitter in the series at that point, to the plate. He hit a second-pitch fastball hard, but right at Trevor Story for the second out of the inning. Brewer igniter Willy Adames came to the plate, offering the team another chance for a rally, but struck out to end the inning. It would be Adames’ only at-bat of the contest without an extra base hit.
The Rockies knocked in a couple more in the fifth inning. Ramiel Tapia came around to score on a Charlie Blackmon single after a leadoff walk, Yonathan Daza scored on a Ryan McMahon single.
Avisaíl García broke the Brewers’ three-inning scoring drought in the seventh with an up-the-middle single to score Willy Adames, who was on second after one of his three doubles of the evening. The hit would bring the Brewers within a run of the lead.
The Brewer bullpen was effective if a little nerve-racking in relief. Brent Suter struck our two and allowed only a walk and a hit to the heart of the Rockies' lineup in the seventh. Trevor Richards loaded the bases with only one out but ultimately framed a scoreless inning.
The suspense was mild compared to the final moments of the Bucks’ Game 7 win that had been secured only moments before, but Brewers fans breathed a sigh of relief as Richards secured the last two outs of the eighth with a streak-breaking win very much within reach.
In the Brewer ninth, Luis Urías reached on a line drive to left, which meant that Willy Adames’ represented the winning run when he came to the plate with three extra base hits on the night. Adames had a 1-2 count when he put the barrel to a slider just a little outside and hammered it to the opposite field.
Urías and Adames formed an amazing 1-2 punch at the top of the order tonight. Urías went 2-4 with a walk and three runs. Adames went 4-5, 3 RBI, and the other three runs.
Josh Hader would keep the suspense alive by walking the tying run in the heart of the order to begin the ninth inning. but he’d retire the next three in a row to secure the win and his 80th save with the Brewers.
The Crew will go for the series split with Eric Lauer on the mound on Sunday, 2:10 at Coors field.