The Milwaukee Brewers had the roof open at Miller Park in a home opener for the first time ever. It didn’t do them any good though. Colorado got out in front early and never surrendered the lead, knocking off the Brewers 5-3 on Monday afternoon.
A good debut for Brewers centerfielder Carlos Gomez, acquired during an off season trade with the Twins for shortstop JJ Hardy. Gomez had four hits, including a 7th inning solo home run, the only home run for the Brewers on the day. Gomez was only a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee added 2 hits apiece in the Brewers 12-hit attack, but the Brewers struggled with runners on base, leaving 11 runners stranded.
Yovani Gallardo took the loss, allowing 4 runs, 3 of them earned in 7 innings pitched. Ubaldo Jiminez earned the win, going 6 innings, allowing 1 run, walking 1 and striking out 6. Jiminez’ fastball was clocked in the upper 90’s most of the game. Franklin Morales came on to earn the save.
45,808 fans were on hand to watch the game, the second largest crowd ever at Miller Park.
The two teams will play game 2 of their 3-game series at Miller Park on Tuesday night.