MILWAUKEE -- Back in May, when the Rockies were the first big league team to face Freddy Peralta, they couldn't figure out the Brewers' rookie right-hander. The second time around didn't go much better for Colorado.Left-hander Tyler Anderson gave up six runs in the first inning and seven on the
MILWAUKEE -- Back in May, when the Rockies were the first big league team to face Freddy Peralta, they couldn't figure out the Brewers' rookie right-hander. The second time around didn't go much better for Colorado.
Left-hander Tyler Anderson gave up six runs in the first inning and seven on the night as the Rockies couldn't get going until it was too late against the Brewers in an 8-4 loss on Saturday at Miller Park.
"He's been throwing great the last couple of months," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Anderson. "Today, in the first inning, he just couldn't establish anything. All four of his pitches weren't working. Pretty simple."
All of the offense for Colorado came courtesy of the red-hot Trevor Story, who hit a pair of two-run homers to up his total to 23 on the year and three through the first two games of the weekend series.
Aside from Story, however, the Rockies weren't able to get much going at the plate against Peralta. After DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado were stranded in the first, the Rockies did not put a runner in scoring position until the eighth.
After striking out 13 batters over 5 2/3 scoreless innings while almost exclusively using his fastball in his Major League debut on May 13 at Coors Field, Peralta once again perplexed Colorado with his heater. He struck out eight Rockies over six frames, with Story's first homer and LeMahieu's sixth-inning single his only hits allowed.
"Even though it's not overpowering velocity, I think it has some life in the hitting area with the fastball," Black said of Peralta. "I think it gets on you, his fastball, and it has some carry to it. We just haven't seemed to solve this fella in two starts."
Anderson, meanwhile, couldn't keep his impressive string of success going. He had been magnificent dating back to June 7, logging a 2.43 ERA over his last 10 starts as part of an overall renaissance by the Colorado rotation that had the second-lowest ERA in the National League since June 19.
Anderson lasted just four innings, surrendering seven hits and three walks while striking out four. The seven earned runs allowed tied his season high, which came on March 30 in his first start of the year.
Ryan Braun's bases-loaded RBI single got the Brewers on the board with one away in the first. Travis Shaw, who entered the night slugging .238 with a .521 OPS against southpaws, then delivered the game's big blow with a towering grand slam to the right-field bleachers.
"We were trying to go fastball in, looking for a double play for him to roll over," Anderson said. "It was just on the edge inside, more off the plate than on, and he just put a good swing on it."
Exacerbating matters was Hernan Perez, who became the sixth straight Milwaukee batter to reach base by launching a 1-1 cutter over the fence in center to put the Rockies in a 6-0 hole. Braun added a solo homer of his own in the third to make it 7-0.
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When Story lined his second two-run shot of the game just over the left-field fence with one out against reliever Matt Albers, it sparked some late life for Colorado after trailing 8-2 entering the final frame. Gerardo Parra followed with a bunt single, leading the Brewers to summon reliever Joakim Soria. Ian Desmond doubled and Chris Iannetta walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but Soria struck out pinch-hitter Tom Murphy and lefty Josh Hader came on to face Charlie Blackmon.
A night after the Brewers struck with a two-out, three-run homer by Eric Thames for a walk-off win, there was no magic in store for the Rockies as Hader notched the one-out save on Blackmon's popup to second.
"This team fights. You saw it all night," Black said. "You saw us playing hard all night. It's no surprise to me, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who watches us play every night."
When Sunday's series finale wraps up, Story may be disappointed to not see the Brewers on the schedule the rest of the way. With six homers in six games against Milwaukee this season, he is only the second player in history to go yard six times in seven or fewer games in a season against the Brewers. More >
The Rockies will look to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Brewers when right-hander Jon Gray takes the mound against Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley at 12:10 p.m. MT. Blackmon, who went 0-for-5 Saturday, needs one hit for 1,000 for his career.
Curt Hogg is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.