Rockies opened the season with a 7-5 victory at Milwaukee. Rockies have won their last three Opening Day games, including 10-0 at Milwaukee in 2015 and 10-5 at Arizona a year ago.
Thoughts on Monday’s Game:
–Mark Reynolds turned down a lucrative offer to play in Korea, opted to come back to the Rockies on a minor-league contract, and the decision proved to be fortunate for the Rockies. With Ian Desmond on the disabled list with a broken hand, Reynolds made the team, started at first base, and got the Rockies offense started with a two-run home run in the second. It was the second Opening Day home run of his career.
–The depth of the Rockies lineup was evident. The top three in the lineup — Charlie Blackmon, DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez — were a combined 0-for-13, but the Rockies still scored five runs.
— Adam Ottavino got tough after walking first two batters he faced in the eighth. and they pulled off a double-steal. He struck out the next three batters and the Rockies carried a 6-5 victory into the ninth.
–Rockies relievers worked five shutout innings, but they combined to allow six base runners. Carlos Esteves worked a 1-2-3 sixth, the only reliever to retire each batter he faced.
–Jon Gray was dominant in the first four innings, striking out seven and not allowing a run. In the fifth, however, he failed to retire any of the five batters he faced, and Brewers rallied from 4-0 deficit to take 5-4 lead. It was similar to the spring outing when he had to come out of a game because of a problem with his left big toe, but manager Bud Black said he thought the early pumped up emotions might have got the better of Gray in the fifth.
–Nolan Arenado still has that Gold Glove working. Game ends when he makes a diving stop to start a highlight-film double-play.
–Rockies came up with two runs in the seventh courtesy of a shaky Brewers defense. With bases loaded and one out in the seventh, Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar bobbled a potential inning-ending double play relay, allowing Reynolds to tie the score at 5-5. Then when Charlie Blackmon stole second base, Brewers catcher Jeff Bandy’s errant throw allowed Tony Wolters to race home from third for a 6-5 lead.