- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - This is far from the way Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers hoped to open the season.

The Brewers’ batters were no match for Kyle Kendrick and the Colorado Rockies, and things became even worse when Braun got injured.

Kendrick pitched seven sharp innings and also got two hits Monday as the Rockies trounced Milwaukee 10-0 Monday.

Braun, slowed by a thumb injury much of last season, left with an injury to his lower right side, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said after the game.

The injury occurred in the fourth inning when Braun crashed into the right-field wall while making a catch of a drive by Justin Morneau. Braun was later replaced by Gerardo Parra.

“He strained his lower right side,” Roenicke said. “We’ll check and see how he is tomorrow.”

The Brewers didn’t announce the injury during the game.

It all happened during the Rockies’ four-run fourth.

“I was reaching to catch a fly ball that Justin Morneau hit in the fourth inning, and felt it a little bit,” Braun said. “With these things, you always know more the next day.”

Hopefully, tomorrow morning I wake up and feel OK. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”

An MRI might not be out of the question.

“Nothing’s set in stone,” the former NL MVP said. “We’ll just see where it’s at tomorrow. We’ll address it in the morning, and then if it doesn’t feel great, then it’s probably something we would do.”

Kendrick finally had some success against the Brewers.

The right-hander came in 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA in seven starts against Milwaukee, including 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in five starts at Miller Park.

Braun went 0 for 2 and was impressed with Kendrick (1-0), who left Philadelphia after last season.

“Had a really good changeup/splitter going,” Braun said. “He threw any pitch in any count.”

Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado each homered and drove in four runs. Troy Tulowitzki doubled twice, singled and scored three times.

There were eight extra-base hits in the game, all by Colorado. Kendrick, Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez contributed doubles.

Roenicke said he knew what was wrong with Kyle Lohse (0-1) who got the start when Milwaukee traded Yovani Gallardo to Texas for three minor leaguers and cash considerations. Gallardo had started the previous five openers.

“He didn’t locate his pitches well, and they didn’t miss anything,” Roenicke said. “Even his curveball wasn’t getting over. He was behind in the count. That’s a really good hitting team. You have to make pitches on them.”

After former commissioner Bud Selig lobbed in the ceremonial first ball to Brewers owner Mark Attanasio, the Rockies teed off against Lohse.

Gonzalez, Tulowitzki and Arenado doubled in the first inning and Dickerson hit a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead.

Arenado hit a two-run shot into the bleachers off Lohse in the third. The right-hander gave up eight runs on 10 hits before Gonzalez ended Lohse’s third career opening day start with an RBI single in the fourth.


Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, last year’s opening day starter for Colorado, was limited in spring training with a groin injury. Placed on the disabled list Sunday, he is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and is limited to 65-70 pitches.

Brewers: Commenting on the pitching staff, general manager Doug Melvin said, “We were very healthy during the spring. That’s a positive to open up the season with all our guys healthy.”


Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles makes his first start since June 4 when he broke his left hand covering home on a wild pitch. He landed on the disabled list June 5 and missed 54 games before being activated off the 60-day DL on Aug. 6.

Brewers: RHP Matt Garza, who starts Tuesday, has beaten the Rockies his last two starts.


The Rockies’ only previous opening day shutout was an 8-0 win at home vs. St. Louis in 2001 when Mike Hampton and Jose Jimenez combined on a five-hitter.


Former commissioner Bud Selig lobbed the ceremonial first pitch to Brewers owner Mark Attanasio. The crowd gave him a nice round of applause. After a short visit at Miller Park, he left for Arizona to throw out the first pitch as the Diamondbacks hosted the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.



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