After dropping the first two-games of their four-game set in Colorado, the Brewers battled back to win the final two-games including Sunday’s 4-3 nail-bitter over the Rockies at Coors Field.
Shaun Marcum earned the win giving up 2-runs on 4-hit but he lasted only 5-innings. Marcum left the game after taking his warm-up tosses in the 6th with a neck injury he suffered making a high-light reel diving play on the infield. After the game, Marcum said he didn’t expect to miss a start.
John Axford closed the door in the 9th for his 25th save of the year and 22nd straight without blowing one. The 9th did hold some drama. Colorado plated an unearned run to cut the lead to one. With the tying run at 2nd and winning run at 1st, Axford struck-out Rockies All-Star SS Troy Tulowitzki to end the game.
Offensively, Casey McGehee, Nyjer Morgan and Rickie Weeks each had two-hits. McGehee drove in a pair as well.
Manager Ron Roenicke’s changes in the batting order have paid off thus far. Saturday night, Roenicke moved Corey Hart to the lead-off spot and dropped Weeks to the 5-hole to protect Prince Fielder. Hart answered with a pair of hits, including a home run, and 3-runs scored in the two-games. Weeks was 4 for 9 from the plate with the game winning home run in Saturday’s 8-7 win.
The win put Milwaukee back on top of the NL Central. St. Louis and Pittsbrugh are each a half-game back. Cinicinnati sits 3.5 back entering tonight.
The Brewers played Sunday without All-Star Ryan Braun. Saturday, Braun aggravated his leg injury that kept him out of 8-straight before the All-Star break. Braun may try to give it a go tonight.
The Brewers continue their 11-game game road trip in Arizona tonight with the first of four against the Diamondbacks. Randy Wolf takes on Josh Collmenter with an 8:40 first pitch.