Nolan Arenado led off the top of the 9th inning with a shot to left-center field that easily cleared the wall and gave the Colorado Rockies a 2-1 lead. That was all they would need as Greg Holland came in and shut the door in the bottom half of the inning to seal the victory, and take three of four games in Milwaukee.
Not to be overshadowed, Antonio Senzatela made his professional debut on the mound and was rather spectacular. He pitched five sscoreless innings and struck out six batters, while only allowing two hits on the afternoon. He got into a little bit of a jam in the first inning after he loaded the bases with only one out but was able to escape after inducing a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame. In the second inning he drilled Keon Broxton in the nose that forced Broxton out of the game as his nose was bleeding, From there on out he showed why he was given one of the final rotation spots as a rookie and perplexed Brewer’s hitters all afternoon.
Mark Reynolds hit his second home run of the season in the third inning off Chase Anderson that gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. That was really the only offense they had going for them until the 9th but with how Senzatela pitched it looked like that was all they would need. In the bottom of the 7th, however, Adam Ottavino gave up a game-tying home run to Kirk Niewenhuis after a 10 pitch at bat. It was the really the first major blemish of the bullpen on the season as they had shut down the Brewers up until that point. Also in the inning Reynolds flashed the leather and came up with a huge diving stop at first that saved potential extra bases. So far this season he has been the catalyst for a team that is banged up with injuries right now so he is making the most of his opportunities.
A pitchers duel throughout the game it wasn’t until the home run in the ninth that the Rockies really showed any offense. Once again, the top three hitters in the lineup didn’t do much in the first series of the game going a combined 5 for 36 over the four games. It’s a trend that they hope to turnaround as the team returns home to Denver and faces the Dodgers at 20th and Blake street on Friday for the home opener. Denver native Kyle Freeland will take the mound and make his major league debut in his home ballpark as he hopes to piggyback off what Rockies pitching has done these past four games and continue the upward trend of young power arms contributing at the major league level.