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Brewers lose series opener against Rockies, 3-2

Peralta gives up two solo home runs and the offense can’t muster anything substantial

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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The Brewers headed into Colorado with high hopes, coming off a series win against the Angels at home. Freddy Peralta took the mound for the Crew while Ryan Feltner started for the Rockies.

The Brewers entered this game in second place in the NL Central, chasing the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top spot. After the Pirates dropped a game to the red-hot Rays, the Brewers had a chance to close the gap with a win.

Both pitchers were dealing through the first three innings until the stalemate was broken when Ezequiel Tovar hit a towering 447-foot home run to left center field to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Peralta would escape the inning with no further damage.

The Rockies got to Peralta again in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Elias Diaz hit a solo home run, propelling Colorado to a 2-0 advantage. Those would be the only runs given up by Peralta in his outing in what was otherwise a dazzling performance. Peralta went six innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters.

After five quiet innings, the Brewers’ bats started coming to life in the sixth. Christian Yelich led off the inning with a double, Jesse Winker walked but was thrown out on a strong defensive play after Willy Adames hit a grounder to second base, putting runners at the corners with one out. Rowdy Tellez then hit a deep double to score Yelich and move Adames to third. William Contreras grounded out on the next at-bat to score Adames, tying the game at 2-2 entering the late innings.

Peralta was pulled in the seventh and replaced by Joel Payamps, who pitched a clean inning. The eighth was tough for the Crew, as Peter Strzelecki gave up a double and a single in consecutive plate appearances that allowed a run, giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead they would never give up as Milwaukee couldn’t capitalize on a Contreras’ double in the ninth.

The Brewers match up with Colorado again on Wednesday at 7:40 p.m. on Bally Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ. Eric Lauer gets the start for Milwaukee, while Kyle Freeland is on the bump for Colorado. For even more Brewers content, check out the Crew Talk podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and follow us on Twitter @CrewTalkFFSN.