MILWAUKEE – The Colorado Rockies couldn’t keep the extra-inning magic alive Thursday night, losing to the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on a walk-off hit from Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas.
The hit came off of Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino, scoring Christian Yelich, who gave Rockies pitchers all kinds of problems throughout the afternoon.
All of the Brewers runs involved the MVP candidate, who hit a two-run home run and walked twice in the win. However, throughout much of the game, it wasn’t the Rockies pitchers who had trouble. The offense continued its recent struggles, until the ninth inning.
The Rockies teed off on Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress, managing to score twice in the ninth to tie Game 1 of the National League Division Series, 2-2 at Miller Park.
Colorado had managed just one hit off four members of Milwaukee’s bullpen before Gerardo Parra, Matt Holliday and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive singles against Jeffress to make it a 2-1 game. Nolan Arenado knotted the score with a sacrifice fly.
Brewers Manager Craig Counsell sent nothing but relievers to the mound, a decision that worked as planned. Brandon Woodruff didn’t allow a hit over the first three innings before he was replaced by Corbin Burnes. The no-hitter continued until Carlos Gonzalez laced a two-out triple off Burnes in the fifth.
Game 2 is tomorrow at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The Rockies are expected to start Tyler Anderson, who is 7-9 this season with a 4.55 ERA. The Brewers are expected to start Jhoulys Chacin, who is 15-8 with a 3.55 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Mountain Time.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)