Rockies smack season high 16 hits, collapse late as Brewers win 11-10 in extra innings

May 11, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) celebrates his three run triple in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Story‘s four RBI and the Colorado Rockies offensive season-high 16 hits wasn’t enough as the Milwaukee Brewers come back to beat the Rockies in extra innings 11-10 on Friday.

Colorado starter Chad Bettis was shaky early, allowing a single run in each of the first three frames of the game — but never let things get out of control. In the third inning, after Travis Shaw jumped on a 3-0 pitch — a ball launched to right field for a solo home run, Bettis got out of the inning and soon got help from his offense.

Colorado broke out against Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff when Charlie Blackmon launched his first triple of the year in the bottom of the third, a jolt to right field that scored D.J LeMahieu and apart of a three run inning overall. After a review confirmed Blackmon safe on the slide at third, Nolan Arenado tied the game at three with an RBI-single that just got under the shortstop Orlando Arcia‘s glove.

But the Rockies were not done. Colorado put their third run of the frame up on a sacrifice fly from Trevor Story. A ten pitch plate appearance that involved Story needing to foul off multiple pitches, before finally drilling a pitch deep enough to center to score Arenado for the Rockies first lead of the game at 4-3. The patience of Story was pivotal and the run driven in was his team-leading 25th in 2018, but more was to come.

In the top half of the fourth inning, after Bettis struck-out Manny Pina looking on four pitches to start the inning, Bettis walked Arcia before the Rockies defense turned their 39th double play of the year. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Rockies offense came to life.

Chris Iannetta led off the inning with a solo shot to the left-center bleachers to make it 5-3 Colorado. Bettis’s bat would follow with a single through the gap on the right-side of the infield. His seventh career hit. LeMahieu followed and walked, before Blackmon hit a sharp liner to right to load the bases.

Arenado lined out sharply to left and initially Bettis tagged up to head home to complete the sacrifice fly, however Bettis stopped about ten feet into his trot home thinking the Ryan Braun‘s throw from left field was coming home. What initially looked like a wasted opportunity — it wouldn’t matter two batters later.

Story hit a three run triple to left field that rolled all the way to the Coors Field wall. It would extend the Rockies lead to 8-3. Gerardo Parra singled in Story to make it 9-3 as Colorado scored five runs in the inning and batted around the line up.

While Colorado’s offense jumped on the Brewers, Milwaukee was far from giving up on this ballgame. The visitors scored four runs in the sixth and it quickly became a slug-it-out game at Coors. Bettis was lifted and finished pitching 5.0 innings, allowing ten hits, seven runs (all earned,) three walks, striking out three batters and allowing the one home run on 85 pitches — 53 being for strikes.

After a solo home run from Carlos Gonzalez, hit opposite field for his No. 4 of the year in the bottom of the sixth, Colorado reached double-digit runs in a game for only the second time this year, leading 10-8 as the later innings began to settle in.

Adam Ottavino walked Arcia to start the eighth inning and the Brewers threatened with men on second and third, however Ottavino got Jonathan Villar to ground out to end the inning and end the potential tying threat.

Wade Davis was summoned in the ninth inning and after allowing a 2-out single, Pina drove a 2-out, two-run shot to right field to tie the game. A back-breaking blow considering the Rockies led by six runs at one point in the game. It was the second blown save for Davis in 2018.

With the game tied at 10, the Rockies went to the bottom of the ninth and got a two-out walk from David Dahl, before LeMahieu grounded out to send it to extra-innings.

In the top half of the tenth inning, Jake McGee took the mound for the Rockies. Lorenzo Cain hit a one-out single, then Tyler Saladino pinch hitting, singled off McGee to put the go-ahead run at second.

With McGee in a pressure situation, the lefty would get the Brewers down to their final strike of the inning, before Shaw singled home Cain on a liner to right. The Brewers would take their first lead of the game in the tenth inning and while McGee did get the final out without allowing anymore damage. Milwaukee would lead 11-10 going to the bottom of the tenth.

Blackmon led off the tenth inning with a fly-out to center field, Arenado and Gonzalez struck out to seal the game for Milwaukee. Brewers closer Josh Hader shut the door on the Rockies in the tenth inning for his sixth save of the year.

Notes:

  • Colorado scored double-digits for the second time in a game this year, with the first coming on May 2nd in an 11-2 win against the Chicago Cubs.
  • The Rockies hit a season-high 16 hits.
  • Gerardo Parra drove in an RBI on the way to his four hit night.
  • Charlie Blackmon finished 3-6, a home run shy of a cycle.
  • Time of game: 4:20

What’s Next:

The Rockies continue their four game set against the Brewers Saturday when Kyle Freeland (2-4) takes the mound opposite of the Brewers expected starter Chase Anderson (3-3) first pitch 6:10pm MST.

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