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Rox's bats come to life in series finale vs. Crew

Arenado continues success at Miller Park with two-run homer in series finale
May 2, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Nolan Arenado is locked in, but now he’s looking for the next level. After posting a season-high 11 runs on Wednesday, the Rockies matched that in an afternoon game Thursday. They pounded Freddy Peralta for seven runs in the first two innings -- highlighted by Arenado's two-run homer

MILWAUKEE -- Nolan Arenado is locked in, but now he’s looking for the next level.

After posting a season-high 11 runs on Wednesday, the Rockies matched that in an afternoon game Thursday. They pounded Freddy Peralta for seven runs in the first two innings -- highlighted by Arenado's two-run homer -- en route to an 11-6 victory over the Brewers in the finale of the four-game series at Miller Park.

Arenado, who homered twice in Colorado's 11-4 victory Wednesday, now has eight career homers at Miller Park, his most at any park outside the National League West. Arenado, who also singled twice, entered Thursday on a 10-game tear, hitting .357 with five homers, five doubles and 13 RBIs over that span.

“I always believe that I can get better and feel better, but I’m pretty fortunate to feel like I am right now,” Arenado said. “Early in the season, I wasn’t feeling good at all, so I’m just happy that I’m feeling better now, to be able to drive the ball out and hit the ball hard.”

Prior to its latest two wins, Colorado 2-12 against Milwaukee, and had lost five straight, including a sweep in the NL Division Series which ended with consecutive shutouts. Arenado hit .182 in that series, with five strikeouts in 11 at-bats and one RBI. In the five losses, the Rockies scored a total of six runs.

This is the first time Colorado has scored double-digit runs in consecutive road games since June 4-6, 2009 vs. Houston and St. Louis.

In the first two games of the series, the Rockies struggled against the offspeed stuff of starters Zach Davies and Jhoulys Chacin.

“We didn’t swing the bats well against Davies and Chacin, and their bullpen the first two nights, but we came back with a vengeance these last two,” manager Bud Black said. “It was great to see multiple guys contribute. I thought the last two nights we had great at-bats. Proud of the guys, how they finished this road trip.”

Against Peralta, who was activated off the injured list before the game, the Rockies scored four times in the first inning and had him on the ropes immediately, when Charlie Blackmon bunted for a single on the first pitch and Trevor Story followed with a nine-pitch walk. Mark Reynolds provided the big blow in Peralta's 37-pitch inning with a bases-loaded double that made it 3-0. Raimel Tapia followed with an RBI single.

In the second, Colorado capitalized on a two-out error by shortstop Orlando Arcia on Story’s grounder. David Dahl doubled in Story and Arenado followed with his ninth homer, sending a 1-2 pitch over the wall and 403 feet to left field.

“It’s nice to put up seven like we did in the first two innings,” Story said. “It gives our pitchers a lot more room to breathe, for sure. They can be real aggressive and do their thing. It’s just nice to get out to a big lead like that."

After the Brewers pulled within four runs at 7-3 in the third, Dahl answered with his third homer, a two-run shot in the fourth off Peralta to put the Rockies up 9-3.

Colorado added a run in the fifth when defensive standout Lorenzo Cain hauled in Blackmon’s drive to center, but the ball popped out of Cain’s glove when he hit the wall. Milwaukee challenged, but the call was confirmed for an RBI double.

Tapia made it back-to-back 11-run outings in the ninth with his fourth home run.

“I think our offense hasn’t jelled like it’s going to,” Black said. “It’s starting to. Nolan is being Nolan right now, which is great. Dahl had a big game. Tapia’s being productive. Reynolds, his role today, that was a huge hit for us and for Mark. The contributions have to come from everybody, but you need your core players to do their thing. That’s how we’re going to do it."