Tue. Final: Rockies 3, Brewers 2
By Todd Welter
Next game: Wednesday, June 10th vs. Colorado
Blame this loss on Todd Coffey or at least that is what he wants. In the end, the Brewers lost 3-2 to the Colorado Rockies due to running into one of the hottest pitching staffs in the game.
Spotted with a 2-0 lead in the seventh, the Brewers' bullpen, Coffey in particular, could not preserve the lead as Coffey allowed the tying run and the go-ahead run to score.
"The bottom line is I blew it," Coffey said. "I come in that situation right there, I got to keep that run from scoring. Tonight it is on me."
Still it takes a team effort to lose a game. The Brewers' bats were a big reason for dropping this game as the Brewers did not produce a baserunner during the final five innings as Milwaukee squeaked out just two runs on five hits.
You can attribute a part of that to a Rockies pitching staff that has been lights out over the last six games. Colorado's arms have now given up just 14 runs during that stretch which is one of the reasons why the Rockies are in the middle of a six-game win streak.
The Brewers did get off to a decent start with a run in the first and another run in the second on Mat Gamel's first career Miller Park home run. It was all quiet in the Brewers' batters box from there.
Rockies starter Jason Hamel settled down after giving up those two runs to retire 14 of the last 18 batters he faced. Add in what the Rockies' bullpen did and 23 of the last 27 Brewers hitters were retired over the last six innings including the last 16 batters being retired in a row.
Hammel (3-3) pitched six innings in which he struck out five and issued one intentional walk to pick up his third win of the year. Huston Street got his 10th save of the year by pitching a clean ninth.
Brewers starter Braden Looper turned in his fifth quality start of the year as he shut out a red hot Rockies lineup through six innings. Problem was he began to wear down in the seventh.
Looper started that inning off by giving up a lead off double to Troy Tulowitzki and then a RBI double to Carlos Gonzalez. That would be all for Looper as he was pulled for the bullpen.
"I felt like I was in control and unfortunately that last inning I gave up back-to-back doubles with nobody out," Looper said. "It is not quite how I wanted it to end."
Mike DiFelice got an out but Brewers manager Ken Macha went with Coffey to try to get the final two outs of that inning. Coffey (1-1) failed in achieving that objective and he ended up with his first loss of the season.
He issued a walk to Seth Smith and then a RBI double to Dexter Fowler to tie the game up. Clint Barmes put Colorado ahead with a RBI sacrifice fly to center.
"Once you get the lead in the Major Leagues and get to the seventh inning, you got to hold it," Macha said. "We were doing our best to try to get out of the seventh and they hit a couple balls hard and took the lead."
Looper took the no decision where he officially lasted six innings as he gave up two runs on six hits and struck out seven. That performance was a nice feat considering the Rockies came into this contest churning out runs in bunches as their bats produced 43 runs during a five-game stretch.
"I felt like I was in control of the game instead of the game controlling what I was doing," Looper felt about his day.
The problem for Looper was the same could be said for Hammel and he got better help from his bullpen.