Rockies won 6-5 at Milwaukee.

THE ROCKIES are 2-0, the fifth best start in franchise history — yes the fifth. The Rockies were 4-0 in 1995 and 2015. They won their first three games in 2002 and 2005. The worst start in Brewers history was a six-game losing streak to open the 2003 season.

ROCKIES BULLPEN has been a blessing in the first two games. Using five relievers each in the first two games, manager Bud Black has seen his relievers pitch 8 1/3 shutout innings, giving up two hits and five walks while striking out 13. Greg Holland, coming back from Tommy John surgery, is 2-for-2 in saves.

TOP THREE IN the lineup  — Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez — are a combined 4-for-26 in the first two games. The rest of the lineup has gone 19-for-42.

MEMORIES for the Brewers and their fans in seeing former Brewers Gerardo Parra and Mark Reynolds in the visiting dugout. Both of them are one-time Brewers. They have combined in the first three games to get nine hits, score three runs and driven in eight runs.

BRIGHT MOMENT for RHP Chad Bettis, on the disabled list while he undergoes treatment for cancer in his lymph glands. It is believed to be the residual from testicle cancer, for which Bettis was treated in December. His wife gave birth to the couples first child last week, a daughter Everliegh Rae.

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Coming off a season-opening 7-5 victory at Milwaukee on Monday the Rockies will attempt to open a season by winning back-to-back games for the fifth time in franchise history, according to Baseball Reference.

The Rockies won four in a row to open the 1994 and 2015 seasons, and three in a row to open the 2001 and 1998 seasons.

They lost one of their first two games in the 20 other seasons since their inception in 1993.

ROCKIES HAVE not been to the playoffs in seven seasons, third longest brought in the National League. The Marlins have won 13 seasons without a post-season appearance and the Padres 10.

The Brewers, Diamondbacks and Phillies have each gone five seasons.

ROCKIES RIGHT fielder Carlos Gonzalez leads the majors in most home runs of 420-or-more feet since 2015 with 36, according to Statcast of mlb.com. Nelson Cruz is second with 34 and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is third with 33.

BREWERS STOLE two bases in Monday’s season opener. No surprise. They led the majors with 181 stolen bases last year, second highest total in franchise history. The Brewers stole 256 bases in 1992.

The Brewers finished 42 stolen bases ahead of the Reds, who ranked second in the majors. That was the fifth largest gap between the top two teamsi n stolen bases since 1990. The Expos stole 228 bases in 1993, 58 more than the Blue Jays, which is the biggest gap.

BREWERS SECOND baseman Jonathan Villar became the eighth player to have at least 60 stolen bases and 60 extra base hits in a season last year when he stole 62 bases and had 60 extra-base hits, according to Baseball Reference.

Four of those eight players did it twice — Ty Cobb (1911 and 12), Rickey Henderson (1990 and 1986), Joe Morgan (1976 and 1973) and Jose Reyes (2006 and 2007). The four who have done it once are Villar last year, Juan Samuel (1984), Benny Kauff (1914) and Lou Brock (1968).

TYLER ANDERSON, who will start Game 2 for the Rockies, had a 3.54 ERA last season, eighth lowest in franchise history among pitchers with at least 100 innings.

Marvin Freeman holds the franchise record at 2.80 in 1994.

Ubaldo Jimenez (2.88 in 2010 and 3.47 in 2009) and Jhoulys Chacin (3.28 in 2010 and 3.47 in 2013) hold two of the spots. Tyler Chatwood compiled a 3.15 ERA in 2013 and Jorge De La Rose had a 3.49 ERA in 2013.

 

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