By Adam McCalvy and Thomas Harding
MLB.com |@AdamMcCalvy |
MILWAUKEE -- A pair of Rockies continue to haunt their former club.
Ryan Braun's first hit of the season was a home run, but former teammates Gerardo Parra and Mark Reynolds combined for four RBIs for the second straight day, leading the Rockies to a second straight win over the Brewers, 6-5, on Tuesday at Miller Park.
In the two games, Parra and Reynolds have totaled nine hits, three runs and eight RBIs.
"You look what those guys have done in the bottom of the order, collectively, they've been huge factors for us in these two wins -- two veteran guys that are looking to contribute," Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Parra delivered Tuesday's biggest hit, a bases-clearing double in Colorado's four-run third inning against Brewers starter Zach Davies. Those two players have appeared in the same sentence before: In July 2015, the Brewers traded Parra to the Orioles for the then-pitching prospect Davies.
Braun collected two hits, including a fourth-inning solo home run off Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, and Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw recorded two more doubles and two RBIs.
Anderson was an out away from a quality start before the Brewers scored twice in the sixth inning to make it a one-run game, but he still earned the victory after allowing five runs on eight hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
The Rockies' bullpen, coming off five scoreless innings in Monday's 7-5, season-opening win, blanked the Brewers for another 3 1/3 frames. Lefty Mike Dunn and righty Greg Holland (second save) fanned five of their six batters. All of Dunn's and one of Holland's K's were looking.
Unable to command the curveball and plus changeup he uses to augment a low-90s fastball, Davies threw only 50 of 98 pitches for strikes over 4 1/3 innings, and he was charged with six earned runs on nine hits. Brewers relievers have covered 10 2/3 frames in the first two games.
"Obviously, we want to get the first one out of the way, but we're two games in with 160 left," Shaw said, urging calm as the Brewers seek their first win. "We'll go on a two-game losing streak again at some point."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED 'Tis better to be alert than aggressive, at least this time: In the fourth, the Brewers got to lefty starter Anderson with a one-out Braun homer and a Shaw RBI double behind a Domingo Santana walk to cut the Rockies' lead to 4-3. With two down, Jett Bandy blooped a single just beyond the glove of leaping Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Shaw, wanting to keep the pressure on and tie the game, tried to score from second. However, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story retrieved the ball from shallow left and threw wide to the plate, where catcher Tony Wolters gloved it, shuffled into position and tagged Shaw to end the inning.
"Anytime there's two outs, we're going to be aggressive at third base," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It was a short throw, but it was still a relatively close play. I'm all right with being aggressive there."
Quadruple-double: Shaw responded with two words last week -- "I like" -- when asked how he enjoyed taking batting practice at Miller Park for the first time. With two regular-season games in the books, it was easy to see why. Shaw hit a pair of doubles on Opening Day, then hit two more through the first four innings on Tuesday, giving him four doubles in his first six plate appearances in his new home. Shaw also set a franchise record for doubles in the first two games of a season; Paul Molitor hit three for "Team Streak" at the start of the 1987 season. More >
"I'm still getting to know Tyler. I like the competitive nature of this fellow. I like the composure. I like the in-between innings conversation. Even the mound visit, when we talked about Pena, the pinch-hitter, I liked the conversation." -- Black on Anderson
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
After setting an all-time record by striking out 1,543 times last season, Brewers batters have whiffed 14 times in each of their two losses to the Rockies. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Brewers are the first team to strike out at least 14 times in consecutive games to start a season. The record for consecutive 14-plus strikeout games at any point of a season is three games, held by three different teams: The Rockies in 2015, and Blue Jays and Orioles in '16. But each of those streaks included at least one extra-inning game.
"We'll take five runs a night," Counsell said, referring to his team's output in each game so far. "We'll be alright scoring five runs a night."
PICKIN' IT WHERE HE LEFT OFF
By the time the teams completed their 10th inning of the regular season, Braun had already seen enough of Rockies third baseman Arenado. The four-time National League Gold Glove Award winner ended Monday's game by making a diving stop to his left on a Braun grounder that left the bat at 108.3 mph and turning it into a double play. In Tuesday's first inning, Braun sent another hot shot to Arenado's left -- 100.9 mph off the bat, and a hit 63 percent of the time, according to Statcast™ -- but Arenado gloved it again and threw to first to end the frame. More >
SIX FOR SIX … WELL, ALMOST
Rockies lefty reliever Dunn, signed this winter for three years and $19 million, fanned Santana, Shaw and Aguillar -- all looking -- in a dominant eighth inning. In the opener, he fanned two and walked one, but the third out came on a strikeout-caught stealing double play. So, in a sense, all his outs have come on strikeouts.
"The first two guys were sliders, and the last guy was a fastball, so I was just trying to mix them up, keep them off balance and execute a pitch whenever I could," Dunn said.
WHAT'S NEXT Rockies: Righty Tyler Chatwood, whose 1.69 road ERA last year in 80 innings was lowest in the Majors for a pitcher with as many frames, will make his first 2017 start -- and his first career start at Miller Park -- at 6:10 p.m. MT on Wednesday.
Brewers:Wily Peralta gets the start as the series rolls along at 7:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Peralta was Milwaukee's Opening Day starter last year, but he struggled so mightily that he was demoted to Triple-A in early June and didn't return until August. Peralta regained a foothold by posting a 2.92 ERA over his final 10 starts, and he will try to pick up where he left off in his 2017 debut.