The Rockies got a run in the first inning thanks to the speed and bat of David Dahl. He led the game off with a hard single the opposite way, then he stole second, advanced to third on a DJ LeMahieu fly to right and scored on a wild pitch.
Dahl would score the Rockies second run of the game in the fifth in a remarkably similar manner. He singled and stole second again, his third steal of the year and second of the game … it would seem the Rockies speedy rookie is starting to get the green light to run when he gets to first base.
Chad Bettis had a first inning that was both bad and unlucky. He wasn’t hit especially hard in the frame, but the lead-off single from Milwaukee’s Jonathan Villar ended up being more of a rally-starter than Dahl’s for Colorado. He, too, stole second but then a fielding error from Daniel Descalso allowed Villar to score and/or Ryan Braun to reach base safely. A costly pair of walk to Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter set the stage for a two-RBI single off the bat of Kirk Nieuwenheuis.
In the third inning, Bettis finally did get stung by some hard contact when Carter launched his 30th home run of the year on a deep line drive over the left-field fence.
Carter’s blast and Dahl’s cleverness were pretty much the only fireworks in a game that more resembled the average CSPAN broadcast than a professional sporting event.
Bettis was able to work through the fifth without giving up anymore runs but really struggled with his command all night, walking seven batters in total. Jordan Lyles came on and preserved the rest of the bullpen completely, doing everything in his job requirement by keeping the Brewers scoreless over three innings. He walked one batter and did not surrender any hits.
… and that was it.
Nothing else happened.
The Rockies need Charlie Blackmon in the lineup if they are going to make a push at the end of the season. The bottom part of the order, consisting of Ben Paulsen, Cristhian Adames, Gerardo Parra, and Nick Hundley, just isn’t going to pack enough punch to get this team into the postseason.
Tony Wolter’s needs to start seeing the majority of at-bats at the catcher position, Blackmon’s return tomorrow should help, and the roster expansion on September 1 can’t come soon enough for the Colorado Nine.
Game 2 against the Brewers will see Jon Gray, who is still looking to get fully back on track, against Chase Anderson. First pitch is at 6:10 MST.