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Colorado Rockies Fall 3-2 to Milwaukee Brewers on Braun Walkoff

June 27th, 2014 at 11:59 PM
By Joe Lemere

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In a battle of the two best offenses in the National League, the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers were engaged in a pitcher's duel Friday night at Miller Park.

Tyler Matzek went six strong for the Rockies, giving up only one run on five hits and striking out three. His few starts this year have been pretty inconsistent, but when he's on, he is on. Kyle Lohse continued his All-Star play this season, countering Matzek with seven innings of his own. He, too, gave up only one run, but on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.

The scoring started in the bottom of the sixth with a Jonathon Lucroy RBI base hit. But the Rockies are a resilient bunch and tied the game the next half inning on a Brandon Barnes pinch-hit safety-squeeze play that plated Josh Rutledge. In the bottom of the inning, Rex Brothers' erratic command again hurt the reliever as he hit Ryan Braun with the bases loaded to force in a run.

In the top of the ninth, things looked bleak for the road team when the Brewers sent out their closer, NL save leader Francisco Rodriguez. But the Rockies resilience again showed up when Josh Rutledge hit a game-tying home run to left. That was all for naught, though. Ryan Braun came through against Matt Belisle in the bottom of the ninth with men at second and third with a walkoff base knock to center.

Rockies lose 3-2. K-Rod gets the win, Belisle the loss, Braun the glory.

Tags: Baseball, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, milwaukee brewers, MLB, ryan braun

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