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The Rockies started their season finale with a win against the Brewers and while it wasn’t the most exciting game of the year, the win was a good one and it gives the Rockies a chance to go out on a high note. The final score was 4-1 and the bullpen actually did really good at keeping the score there.
Nolan Arenado hit his 41st home run of the year in the first inning to give the Rockies the only runs they would need. They would get one more run each in the next two innings. One came from a Charlie Blackmon single and the other off the bat of Nick Hundley.
Chad Bettis finished his 2016 with a great start at home, allowing only a solo home run to Chris Carter in the fourth. Bettis went 6.2 innings while allowing quite a few base runners, but none would cross the plate. With eight hits and three walks, the game could have gotten out of hand multiple times, but some key defensive play and clutch pitches got the Rockies out of the innings without much harm
Bettis was removed with two outs in the seventh and Carlos Estevez came on to try and keep the game in hand. Besides a walk, Estevez pitched very well and didn’t allow any Brewers to even come close to scoring. Adam Ottavino came on after Estevez and worked a clean ninth for his seventh save of the year.
Overall, it was a great game to start the final home stand of the year. The offense did enough to get the runs they needed, but more importantly, the pitching didn’t fail them. Some good defense from Arenado and David Dahl in left kept the Brewers from rallying, and the two bullpen pitchers did all they could to keep Milwaukee off the board.
This game was meaningless in all respects that neither team is going to the postseason, but this game means a lot for the players. Nolan Arenado fueled his possible MVP campaign with two hits and a home run. DJ LeMahieu went hitless which hurts his batting title chances, but he is still ahead in the race and it looks good that he might win. Other than that, David Dahl had a good game and the Rockies came away with a win that means a lot going forward.