Daniel Bard will probably be thrilled to see the Brewers leave town.
Milwaukee got to the Rockies reliever on Father’s Day for the second time in three days, rallying off the veteran right-hander in the top of the ninth to eke out a 7-6 win Sunday at Coors Field.
The Rockies wrapped up a seven-game homestand with a 5-2 record. Unfortunately, the worst away team in Major League Baseball (5-27 as of Sunday) is now heading back on the road for a five-game stretch that starts with two in Seattle and three more in Milwaukee next weekend.
A leadoff single by pinch hitter Jace Peterson, a Peterson steal of second, and an RBI single by Daniel Vogelbach in the top of the ninth allowed the visitors to break a 6-6 tie.
Bard gave up a run on three hits in the top of the frame. In the second installment of the four-game series this past Friday, the North Carolina native had surrendered two hits and an earned run, blowing a one-run lead and a save opportunity in a contest the Rockies would eventually rally to win in 10 innings.
The last three contests between the Rockies and Brewers — Colorado won on Friday; Milwaukee took the next two — were decided by a run each.
And a wild, windy series finale on Sunday afternoon was at its wildest and windiest in the bottom of the sixth.
Milwaukee roughed up Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez to forge a 6-0 lead — all six runs were earned, and most came after loud contact — through the top of the sixth before the hosts got up off the mat.
And Colorado got up swinging.
The hosts bombed Milwaukee for six runs and eight hits in the bottom of the sixth to chase starter Eric Lauer, who’d held the Rockies scoreless on two hits through the first five frames. They were crueler still to reliever Zack Godley, who got rocked for three earned runs and two home runs while recording only one out.
Raimel Tapia got the party started with a leadoff single, a shot up the middle that extended the longest hitting streak in the majors to 17 games.
Yonathan Daza followed with a 412-foot shot into the left-field bleachers, as that sun-drenched section of Coors Field became the target practice bullseye for the rest of the inning.
Trevor Story answered Daza’s tater with a homer of his own, a 466-foot rainbow deep into left that cut the Brewers’ lead to 6-3. It was the fourth time the Rockies had delivered back-to-back home runs this season.
Charlie Blackmon kept the line moving with a single to center off Godley. C.J. Cron went yard — another homer to left, this one 456 feet — immediately after Blackmon’s hit, bringing in two more runs and bringing the hosts to within 6-5.
Godley coaxed Brendan Rodgers into lining out to right for the first out of the frame. Joshua Fuentes went low on a 1-2 breaking ball and golfed it out over the left-field wall for a 377-foot homer that knotted the contest at 6-6.
Sunday’s contest marked the third time in franchise history the Rox hit four home runs in an inning. And it was the second time already this season, with Colorado having already torched the Dodgers for four in the same frame back on April 2, collecting two off starter Trevor Bauer and another pair off David Price.
Lauer came into Father’s Day at Coors Field with a career 18.82 ERA and an 0-4 lifetime mark on Blake Street. For five innings, the Rockies couldn’t touch the dude.
Kolten Wong came into Sunday with a career batting average of .188 and a career OPS — on-base plus slugging — of .541 in LoDo. Early on, he threatened to bury Colorado single-handedly.
Milwaukee hitters tagged Gonzalez loudly from the start. The visitors greeted the Rockies right-hander with singles by Wong and Vogelbach to start the afternoon contest, and the former opened the scoring by coming home on Christian Yelich’s fielder’s choice to Story at short.
Derek Fisher followed three batters later with a single to center that plated Yelich to push the Milwaukee lead to 2-0. The Brewers touched up Gonzalez for four hits and two earned runs on 21 pitches in the opening frame.
Thanks to Wong, they doubled that cushion in the second. Jackie Bradley started the inning with a single to right and was sacrificed into scoring position by Lauer. Wong launched the first pitch he saw from Gonzalez into the left field bleachers, a 366-foot shot that plated two more and extended the lead to 4-0.
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