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Just as Jon Gray did the day before, Tyler Anderson went out and dominated a Brewers lineup. Anderson only managed five innings, but he struck out ten over those innings while allowing two runs on only three hits. But the same thing that happened Tuesday happened Wednesday and the bullpen couldn’t keep the game close.
While the bullpen is partially to blame, the offense also didn’t do their job. The only run for the Rockies came in the first inning when Nolan Arenado hit a solo home run. Outside of Nolan in this series, the Rockies struggled to score in games where they were going against not very great pitching. The Brewers have by no means a great staff and bullpen, and many would say the Rockies have one of the best offenses in the league, but everything was not going their way in this series.
The Rockies actually had half of their hits in the first inning with two singles coming after Nolan’s home run. However, over the next eight innings, the Rockies managed only three hits and didn’t really even come close to scoring.
The Brewers only needed two runs to win this game and they got both of those off of Tyler Anderson. A struggling Rockies bullpen wanted to give out some insurance runs though and the Brewers scored five more runs between the sixth and seventh innings. Chris Rusin and Chad Qualls allowed the runs, but Chad Qualls is largely to blame as one of the runs credited to Rusin scored when Qualls allowed a home run to Ryan Braun, his second of the game.
This series was just another showing of the Rockies playing badly against bad teams. Not many teams can claim to take two of three from both the Nationals and Cubs, but the Rockies make that even rarer by sandwiching those series between two sweeps by teams that are very far under .500.
Now the Rockies will head to the nations capital to take on the Nationals once again, this time on their home turf. Jeff Hoffman will start the series off with his second career start and look to build off the positives he displayed his first time out. The outing ended roughly, but there are certainly things to build off of for this young right. He takes on Gio Gonzalez who the Rockies beat last time out, although that was partially due to him being removed because of a rain delay.