By: Nick Pooler
The Brewers have been waiting for quite some time for October baseball and they made the most of it when they could. It involved another game going into extra innings but it was well worth it. The Brewers went with a bullpen day to open up the series. Brandon Woodruff (3 IP, 3 K’s) started for them giving up no hits. On the other side, Antonio Senzatela got the start for the Rockies going 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out one.
Milwaukee struck first in the bottom of the third from MVP candidate Christian Yelich as he connected on a 2-run blast scoring Lorenzo Cain. The game remained scoreless until the top of the 9th. Brewers all-star closer Jeremy Jeffress got the blown save with this chain of events: Gerardo Parra pinched hit for Chris Iannetta and led off the inning with a single. Matt Holliday then pinched hit for the pitcher and singled to make it 2nd and 1st with zero outs. Garrett Hampson came on to run for Holliday. Charlie Blackmon kept his hot streak going with an RBI single scoring Parra. This was followed by a game-tying sac-fly by Nolan Arenado.
Adam Ottavino followed it up with a one-two-three ninth for Colorado. They could not get the bats going in the 10th and it came back to bite them. The Brewers did not want to play any longer as they came alive again in the bottom of the 10th. Yelich led off the inning with a walk. Ottavino had a costly wild pitch to advance Yelich. He then got a huge out by striking out Ryan Braun. Travis Shaw was intentionally walked. This brought on a pinch hitter with Curtis Granderson. Granderson grounded into a fielder’s choice that he hustled to beat out. This left men on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Mike Moustakas knew it was time to go home. His single drove in Yelich and took home game one in walk-off fashion.
Yelich and Braun each had 2 hits apiece for Milwaukee and the win went to Joakim Soria out of the bullpen. Holliday, Parra, Carlos Gonzalez and Blackmon were the only ones with hits for Colorado. Ottavino was tagged for the loss. Game 2 will pick up Friday at 4:15 PM. The rockies will send Tyler Anderson to the mound in a huge swing game. The Brewers will throw Jhoulys Chacin in a huge momentum opportunity for them.