- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - After banging the ball around in spring training, the Milwaukee Brewers have scored in only one of their first 18 innings this season, leaving manager Ron Roenicke searching for an explanation.

“It wasn’t just the averages that were good (in spring training), but it was the quality of the at-bats we had,” he said. “I really expected us to come in and swing well.”

Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings, limiting the Brewers to two runs and five hits as the Colorado Rockies beat Milwaukee 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Brewers broke through for two runs in the fifth, ending a 13-inning scoreless streak to start the season.

Hitting hasn’t been the only problem for Milwaukee. The team’s pitching has been pounded by Colorado hitters. Six players doubled for the Rockies, who had 12 hits overall. The Rockies have 12 doubles over the first two games, tying a major league record.

Colorado, which managed only one hit off Brewers starter Matt Garza through three innings, scored three runs in the fourth. The Rockies had four consecutive hits in the inning.

Troy Tulowitzki got it started with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s one-out double. Corey Dickerson followed with an RBI double, and Nick Hundley had a run-scoring single.

Adam Lind hit a drive off the center-field wall leading off the fourth for the Brewers but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

“I know ideally you can’t do that with no outs,” Roenicke said. “You’re reacting out there to what you see and they make two great throws to get him. I’m OK with that.”

Carlos Gonzalez doubled to start the Colorado fifth and scored on Tulowitzki’s single.

Garza (0-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings.

“My breaking stuff wasn’t sharp. They hit everything,” Garza said. “They are locked in.”

The Rockies tacked on a run in the sixth when Hundley doubled and scored on Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly. Hundley finished with three hits.

A trio of Rockies relievers combined for three scoreless innings. Colorado pitchers retired their final 13 batters, and LaTroy Hawkins got his first save of the season.


Jean Segura was hit in the face by Lyles’ changeup in the fifth and stayed sprawled in front of home plate for several minutes. Segura was OK, though, and remained in the game. He scored the Brewers’ second run on Carlos Gomez’s double.

“I thought my nose was broken,” Segura said.


Garza was noticeably less surly with the media during spring training, a change Roenicke believes is for the better.

“I don’t know if it’s anything I said, but we’ve had a conversation about things. This is a really nice guy,” Roenicke told reporters before the game. “He’s a great teammate. He’s different on the days he pitches, but he’s too nice to have issues with you guys or anybody else.”


Rockies: Gonzalez and Tulowitzki, both of whom missed considerable time last season due to injuries, have seven hits between them in the first two games of the series.

“One of the bright spots of spring training was how good they came in physically. They were ready to go from the very beginning,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before the game.

Brewers: OF Ryan Braun was not in the lineup, a day after leaving the team’s opener because of a strain in his right side. Braun had an MRI on Tuesday morning.

“The results were good,” Roenicke said. “He should be back in there tomorrow.”

Braun insisted the injury isn’t significant.

“From that perspective I’m fortunate and encouraged by it. Yesterday I wasn’t sure,” he said.


Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler is on the mound Wednesday night in the series finale. Butler made his major league debut with Colorado last season. He went 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts.

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta is 2-2 with a 6.46 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Rockies. He won both his starts and had a 4.61 ERA against Colorado last season.



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