Brewers rally to beat Rockies
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[August 24, 2016]
MILWAUKEE -- When Brent Suter
walked off the mound Tuesday night, the last thing he expected was
to celebrate his first major league victory after the game.
Suter pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his home debut, and the
Milwaukee Brewers still faced a two-run deficit.
That all changed in the bottom half of the inning, when Hernan Perez
hit a two-run triple down the line in right, capping off a three-run
rally that produced a 6-4 Milwaukee victory over the Colorado
Rockies at Miller Park.
Nolan Arenado's three-run home run in the second inning put the
Rockies up early, and Colorado right-hander Jon Gray added to the
lead with an RBI double in the fourth.
Milwaukee squandered a golden opportunity in the sixth, loading the
bases with one out against Gray, but couldn't cash in.
Gray retired the final two batters to bring his day to a close
having allowed just two runs on four hits with three walks and 10
"He did a great job," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "I thought he
found his slider tonight about the second or third inning. He was
striking guys out. He looked like the guy we know. That was a great
With Gray out of the game, the Brewers' fortunes started to improve.
In the seventh, pinch hitter Orlando Arcia and Jonathan Villar hit
back-to-back, one-out doubles off Jake McGee and Boone Logan,
respectively, to make it a one-run game.
Logan (2-3) struck out Scooter Gennett and intentionally walked Ryan
Braun to put runners on first and second before giving way to Carlos
Estevez. The right-hander got ahead 0-2 to Perez, who ripped the
next offering down the line in right for a triple that scored the
tying and go-ahead runs.
"I was having a tough day at the plate, so after two strikes, I went
to my two-strike approach," said Perez, who went 1-for-4 and struck
out twice Tuesday but is batting .309 since the All-Star break. "He
gave me a fastball, I put the bat on it, and thankful it was a hit."
Milwaukee added an insurance run in the eighth when pinch hitter
Domingo Santana hit a sacrifice fly to center.
"We've got some young talented guys in the bullpen that are learning
on the job," Weiss said. "Sometimes you go through these types of
things. It's always frustrating when you are winning late and don't
put the game away. You've got a few guys down there right now
searching for their confidence. Sometimes it just takes going out
there and putting down a clean inning once or twice."
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Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton (23) reacts after flying out
with the bases loaded during the sixth inning against the Colorado
Rockies at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY
Suter, who made his major league debut last Friday at Seattle, had
to share the spotlight. With closer Tyler Thornburg unavailable
after throwing three innings in two days, Corey Knebel was called on
to work the ninth.
Knebel put two on with two outs but escaped the jam to earn his
first career save.
"He and I were in the bucket getting everything thrown on us and
just having a lot of fun with it," Suter said. "Corey did a great
job with that ninth-inning situation. Have to give props to him, and
our defense played great. All the way around, a great team win."
Brewers starter Chase Anderson allowed three runs on six hits and
two walks while striking out seven over five innings in his first
start since taking a line drive to the leg last week at Wrigley
NOTES: 2B DJ LeMahieu was scratched from the Rockies' lineup with
inflammation in his left wrist three hours before first pitch
Tuesday. LeMahieu began the day second in the NL with a .344
average. ... The Rockies did get CF Charlie Blackmon back in the
leadoff spot Tuesday after he missed four consecutive starts with a
bruised big toe on his right foot. ... Rookie SS Orlando Arcia
didn't start Tuesday following another hitless showing Monday
against the Rockies. In his previous 10 games, the Brewers' top
prospect is batting just .059 (2-for-34) with 11 strikeouts and
three walks. He singled as a pinch hitter Tuesday. ... Brewers RHP
Junior Guerra (right elbow soreness), RHP Jacob Barnes (right elbow
impingement) and INF Will Middlebrooks (lower right leg strain) all
felt good after taking part in a simulated game Tuesday. They will
begin minor league rehabilitation assignments later this week with
the expectation of returning to Milwaukee in early September.
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