The Sunday Line-up controversy can take a back seat today, as the Colorado Rockies picked up a much-needed road series win, on a Sunday of all things.
The only starters out of the game were Helton, Nelson and Fowler who were replaced by Giambi, Herrera and Colvin respectively. With Guthrie on the mound for his second Sunday start facing the ace of the Brewers, the team came out swinging their bats and putting the ball in play. Colvin singled in his first at bat, was moved over by a Tulo single and brought home by a Giambi single.
The pitching, with one exception, really came through for the Rockies with Guthrie going seven strong innings, only giving up one run on three hits with three walks and two strike-outs. The only hiccup was when Brothers came into the game in the 8th and proceeded to walk Rickie Weeks and giving up a single to Carlo Gomez. With two on and no outs, Jim Tracy made the perfect move by not allowing Brothers to get deeper into trouble. He pulled Brothers in favor of Belisle, and Matt was absolutely brilliant. He had to face the Brewers 3, 4 and 5 hitters and set them down in order by getting Braun to pop-up to first, Ramirez to line out to right and sitting down Corey Hart on strikes. Hit pitches were perfect and his confidence strong, stopping the rally before it even started.
The key moment on offense was in the top of the 8th as the teams were tied 1-1. With KRod on the mound, Tulo hit a single and Giambi was walked, bringing Cuddyer to the plate with one out. He wasn’t very successful at the plate so far, going 0-3 with two looking strike-outs, but all of that was forgotten as he delivered a double to the gap scoring Tulo and the less than speedy Giambi.
The Rockies got an insurance run in the 9th after Fowler and Scutaro, who had both been struggling at the plate, led off with singles. CarGo, another player looking for consistency, singled in Fowler to bring the score to 4-1.
Betancourt was perfect in the ninth and the team leaves Milwaukee having taken the past three series.