Colorado Rockies Beat Milwaukee Behind Chad Bettis’ Strong Start


Jun 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher C. Bettis (35) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After losing game one Friday night, the Colorado Rockies sought out revenge against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field.

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Chad Bettis allowed just one run over 6.1 innings pitched, and Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to push the Colorado Rockies into a lead that they turned into a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday afternoon in Denver.

The Rockies got on board first when Michael McKenry hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning, but both teams were held in check by the respective starters for much of the game, save for one or two pitches by each hurler.

Kyle Lohse‘s one bad pitch came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when he allowed a two-run home run to Charlie Blackmon that put the Rockies up 3-0 after five frames, and gave the Rox their first lead in several days.

The Brewers responded with Adam Lind taking advantage of one bad pitch from Chad Bettis, hitting a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to make it a 3-1 game.

Bettis would last into the seventh, finishing up his start with one out and two runners on base in the top of the seventh after he was replaced by reliever Tommy Kahnle.

Kahnle induced a ground ball double play to end the threat, and Bettis’ day was done: 6.1 IP, 5 hits, one run, two walks, and five strikeouts, leaving him in line for the win after six and a half innings.

A Ben Paulsen single in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored McKenry made the game 4-1 in favor of the Rox, and granted the bullpen some much needed cushion in the form of an insurance run. Paulsen, who advanced to second on the throw to the plate, then scored when Blackmon singled him home, making the game 5-1.

Kahnle and John Axford shut down the Brewers to end the game, and give the Rockies their first win in the last seven games.

The Rockies and Brewers meet again Sunday afternoon, before the Rox enjoy an off day on Monday, and then prepare to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in a mid-week series at Coors Field.

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