MILWAUKEE: Colorado Rockies take the series with the Milwaukee Brewers two games to one with a pitchers dual that gave Jeremy Guthrie his second win of the season. Rox beat the Brew Crew 4-1 in Milwaukee as Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo pitched seven great innings.
Rox Michael Cuddyer doubled in two runs in the eighth-inning off of reliever Francisco Rodriguez to take a 3-1 lead over Gallardo and the Brewers at Miller Park. Carlos Gonzalez hit in the fourth run with an RBI single off Wily Peralta in the ninth.
Guthrie is 2-1 and pitched brilliantly through seven-innings giving up one run on three hits to pick-up another win. His command was good and at times didn't seem to get the calls on the corners like Gallardo. He struck-out two and walked three but should have picked up at least two more strike-outs.
He walked MVP Ryan Braun two times which gave the Brewers their first run to tie the game in the fourth-inning. Braun went 0-2 and scored once the no RBI's, which didn't hurt the Rox as much as his rocket home runs or doubles.
Brewers starting pitcher Gallardo went seven-innings giving up six hits, one run and struck-out eight and only one walk. Five of the strike-outs were veteran players getting caught watching pitches tip the corners.
Many Rox were upset by the calls but kept their composure and stayed professional by walking away. The calls were obviously close but some were not strikes according to the Ford Strike-Zone.
This was a pitching battle that the Rox dominated and stayed focused on getting key hits in situational hitting counts. The veterans stepped up and the relievers did their jobs.
Rox center fielder Tyler Colvin scored the only run off Gallardo, starting the ball rolling for the Rockies with a one-out single in the first inning. Colvin scored three batters later on an RBI single from veteran first basemen Jason Giambi.
Cuddyer leads the Rox with 11 RBI's, 11 extra base hits, 19 total base hits and picking up a bunch of doubles with eight for the season. He is the Rox best hitter so far in a young 2012 season and well worth the trade with the Minnesota Twins.
He shows all the other players how to play the game by hustling on every hit and every ball in the field. Cuddyer is an example of a MLB player with great instincts and a five tool player that can help the Rox win the NL West this season.
Even though he made a throw to the wrong base which lead to the batter advancing to second base and in scoring position on the only run the Brewers scored he still overcomes those types of plays with key hits and leadership.
The Rox need to clean-up some other mental errors in the field. They gave up an inning ending out at second base when veteran second basemen Marco Scutaro cut a throw off from Cuddyer that would have doubled up a runner and ended the inning.
Scutaro also didn't make a tag on Bruan's attempted steal at second base that would have negated the only run they scored. Scoot must have been thinking it was ball four but even a little leaguer knows to still make the tag.
Rox scored four runs on 11 hits and no errors while the Brewers scored one run on four hits and an error. The game was a very well played low scoring game that Rox manager Jim Tracy played perfectly.
Tracy brought in youngster lefty reliever Rex Brothers who through six straight balls while walking one and giving up a hit which set the table for MVP Braun to come to the plate with no outs and two on.
Then, Tracy immediately brought in right-hander Matt Belisle to pitch to Bruan who struck him out and shut down the Brewers by giving up no runs in the eighth. Tracy brought in closer Rafael Betancourt to pick-up his Rockies leading fifth save, second in saves in NL, in the ninth-inning.
He has a 1.29 ERA and is starting 2012 were he finished last season as a solid closer and dominate pitcher. The Rox relief pitchers are the best in baseball at this point and a great reliever to finish games gives Tracy the edge.
Rox travel to Pittsburg to take on the Pirates in some very cold weather. They will play three games and expect them to be low scoring. The Pirates haven't given up more than five runs in a game and haven't scored more than five either.
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