The Milwaukee Brewers guaranteed themselves their first series win in Colorado since 2005 with a 9-4 win Saturday afternoon at Coors Field. While the offense excelled against 26-year-old left hander Christian Friedrich, the Rockies were also held in check most of the game by Brewers starter Wily Peralta.
The Rockies led off the scoring in the first inning when Justin Morneau singled home Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs. Morneau’s single magnified an error by Rickie Weeks earlier in the inning when he was unable to turn a routine double play on a ball hit by Stubbs. The play resulted in no outs.
The Brewers responded for four runs in the top half of the second to take a 4-2 lead.
The Brewers were able to add onto their lead during a wild and wacky third inning. After the Brewers added to thier lead on a double by Mark Reynolds to score Jonathan Lucroy the inning got interesting. With Reynolds on first and Aramis Ramirez on third, the Rockies elected to intentionally walk Jean Segura to pitch to Wily Peralta with one out. The move backfired though when Friedrich threw a wild pitch scoring Ramirez from third but the play and the scoring didn’t end there. With Reynolds and Segura hustling to move up 90-feet each respectively, catcher Michael McKenry threw the ball past Freidrich who was covering the plate as Ramirez scored. This allowed Reynolds to score easily on the error but the play and the scoring was still not finished. As Segura gets to third base he notices Friedrich just grabbed the errant throw and McKenry’s head is down. Segura takes off and beats Friedrich in a foot race to the plate for a three-run wild pitch. The Brewers now had a commanding 8-2 lead and would never look back.
Sunday’s game will not only be the series finale in Colorado but also the road trip finale for the Brewers. The Brewers will go for the sweep of the Rockies and a chance at a 6-1 road trip. Game time is 3:10 (CT) on Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Friedrich, made his 2014 debut on Saturday as well as pitching in his first big league game since suffering a back injury in 2012.
Peralta went over 100 pitches (110 total) in his 7.2 innings to get his eighth win (8-5 in 2014)
Carlos Gomez had two hits on Saturday an extended his hitting streak to 17 games and his games reached streak to 34.