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.

 

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.