The Crew came back from the All-Star break with a bang, winning their second-half opener in the bottom of the 13th inning. Corbin Burnes started on the hill for the Brewers, facing Antonio Senzatela for Colorado. The Brewers started most of their opening day lineup for the first time in a while, as many influential players have been injured.
The Rockies opened the scoring in the top of the third when Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run home run that scored Kris Bryant from first. Burnes was able to get out of the inning with no further runs allowed.
Milwaukee answered back in the bottom of the third when Willy Adames crushed a solo home run to right to cut the Rockies lead in half. The Brewers would then take the lead on another home run, this time off the bat of Andrew McCutchen, who drove in Rowdy Tellez from second after he hit a double.
Burnes would hold the 3-2 Milwaukee lead for the fourth and fifth innings but was replaced in the sixth by Trevor Gott. Gott immediately squandered the lead upon coming into the game, walking Jose Iglesias and then allowing an RBI double from Elias Diaz, tying the ballgame at three runs apiece.
The remainder of the Brewers pen would pitch a clean seventh and eighth, with Boxberger and Williams getting the call. Hader would then be brought in to pitch the high leverage ninth inning, even though there was no save situation. Hader would send the game to extras after pitching a run-free ninth, a welcome sign after his struggles prior to the break.
The Rockies would regain the lead in the top of the 10th off Jandel Gustave, when Blackmon hit an RBI single, which was followed up with a sac fly to drive home Blackmon for a 5-3 Colorado advantage.
Milwaukee answered back yet again, as Hunter Renfroe smashed a no-doubt home run to left field with the Crew down to their last strike to tie it up at 5-5. After holding the Rockies to no runs in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings, including two stellar innings from Brent Suter, the Brewers would come up victorious in the bottom of the 13th. Kolten Wong was intentionally walked and Luis Urias was able to slap an RBI single into right that scored the speedster Jonathan Davis from second.
The Brewers will take on the Rockies for game two of this four-game series on Saturday, with Brandon Woodruff on the hill, taking on Jose Urena for the Rockies. First pitch will be at 6:10 CDT on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ.