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Once again, the Rockies lost to a bad team in a game where they just played bad baseball. Chad Bettis pitched quite terribly, although the Brewers did not do nearly as much damage as they could have, the offense failed to drive runs in when it mattered, and the defense made two errors, one of which hurt them.
The game actually starter rather positively for the Rockies. David Dahl, leading off for Charle Blackmon who was sitting for what is hopefully his last game with an injury, singled to start the game. He then stole second and advanced to third when DJ LeMahieu scorched a ball to right field that was caught on a dive by Kirk Neuwenhuis. Dahl was then able to score on a passed ball and the Rockies scored their first run of the game with still two outs to work with. They got two more batters on base after Cargo grounded out with a single and hit by pitch from Parra. Unfortunately they could not convert.
Chad Bettis then took the mound for a game he was clearly out of from the get go. With two strikes, he threw much too good of a pitch to leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar. Villar is not a typical leadoff hitter as he strikes out a lot, but Bettis threw a ball he was able to single through the right side. Villar then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a Daniel Descalso’s error.
The next two batters would reach on walks, a bad omen for the rest of the game, and Braun and Scooter Gennett scored on a single by Neuwenhuis. The one run lead that the Rockies had was quickly deleted and Chad Bettis was a large part of that.
The Brewers would only score one more run when Chris Carter hit a solo shot, his 30th of the year. However, a couple of key double plays kept the Brewers from further harming the Rockies. Chad Bettis was not good during this game. He walked seven total batters and allowed four hits. Had the Brewers gotten one or two more timely hits, this game would’ve ended up much more lopsided.
Instead of that, Bettis was removed after five innings to give way to Jordan Lyles. Lyles did a great job coming on and keeping the Rockies in it. Over the final three innings, Lyles allowed only one walk and no hits. He attacked batters, just as Chad Bettis should have, and was greeted with success because of it.
Conversely, the Rockies got absolutely nothing going off of the Brewers bullpen. They didn’t record a hit over the final three innings and only had a walk for what was an obviously disappointing loss. The Rockies can still win the series, but they are going to need much more out of their offense and from their starter. Jon Gray takes the hill and he needs to throw strikes and attack the Brewers hitters.