The start of the 2015 baseball season couldn’t have started much worse than it has started for the Milwaukee Brewers. After a 10-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on opening day, the Brewers dropped their second straight on Tuesday, 5-2, falling to 0-2 on the brief season. As bad as the season has started, it almost got considerably worse when Jean Segura was hit by a pitch.
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Rockies starter Jordan Lyles tossed a pitch a little too close in the fifth inning, and it ended up hitting Segura in the face. At initial glance, it seemed to be eerily similar to when Mike Fiers hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch last season. During replay, the ball seemed to ricochet off the brim of Segura’s helmet before making contact with his face. Segura would stay in the game and score one of the two Brewers runs.
Brewers started Matt Garza turned in the second consecutive disappointing start by Brewers starting pitchers. He pitched just 5 innings, and was pinch hit for in the bottom of the fifth when the Brewers loaded the bases. He surrendered 8 hits and 4 earned runs in those five innings, and picked up the loss in the game. The Rockies hitters continued their hot hitting, smashing 6 doubles off Brewers pitching, with 4 of them coming off of Garza.
After getting shut out on opening day, the Brewers were finally able to score in the fifth inning. They had a chance to have a huge inning, loading the bases with nobody out. Gerardo Parra opened the inning with a double, before Segura was hit by the aforementioned pitch. Scooter Gennett followed with an infield single, marking the exit for Garza. Logan Schafer, pinch hitting for Garza, grounded into a double play, with Parra scoring the first run of the season. Carlos Gomez followed with an RBI double down the third base line, for the Brewers first RBI of the season.
Tyler Thornburg pitched the 6th and 7th for the Crew, surrendering an earned run on 4 hits, while also having his pitches hit pretty hard. Jonathan Broxton and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the 8th and the 9th, respectively. Both pitchers looked pretty sharp facing the minimum amount of hitters while each recording a strikeout.
The Brewers will try and salvage the final game in the series on Wednesday at 7:10 CST. Wily Peralta will make his first start of the season, trying to follow up on his 17 win campaign from a year ago. The Rockies will counter with Eddie Butler who is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three career major league starts.