Rockies earn opening day win

Jeffrey Phelps, The Associated Press

In one big inning, the Brewers went from being down by four to up by one and got Jon Gray pulled in only the fifth inning. Despite Gray’s early exit, he still struck out seven and had a strong first four innings. Things fell apart in the fifth when five straight batters reached base, four on hits, and sent four runs to the plate. Gray exited for Scott Oberg who allowed one more run on a double, credited to Gray, before the Rockies could get out of the inning.

Fortunately for the Rockies, the bullpen came in and had a strong outing as a whole allowing no runs over the final four innings. Carlos Estevez, Mike Dunn, Adam Ottavino, and Greg Holland held the Brewers hitless (although they did allow four walks) and kept them off the board. Holland earned his first save of the year on a stellar double play started by Arenado and the Rockies came out with a 7-5 win.

The Rockies offense was already in midseason form, though it was the bottom half that came through in the clutch. They scored their first two runs of the game when Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer to left. Parra and Reynolds came through for more two runs in the fourth inning to give the Rockies their four run lead that would eventually disappear.

After the Brewers took a 5-4 lead, the Rockies came back in the seventh to regain the lead. With some poor defensive play by the Brewers, the Rockies were able to push two runs across that would give them the eventual win.

It certainly wasn’t the easiest win the Rockies will have all year, and making the bullpen work this hard everyday will make for a long season, but it is a good way to start the season and give the Rockies some positive momentum as they go into the second game of the series.

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