National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Colorado
(Sunday, July 17th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 4, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Shaun Marcum was strong through five-plus
innings and the Milwaukee bullpen proved essential, as the Brewers outlasted
the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, in the finale of a four-game series.
Marcum (8-3) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out
four before leaving the game in the sixth with a neck strain.
Following Marcum's departure, LaTroy Hawkins, Takashi Saito and Francisco
Rodriguez each worked a scoreless frame.
John Axford allowed an unearned run in the ninth but struck out Troy
Tulowitzki with two aboard to earn his 25th save of the season.
Casey McGehee knocked in two runs for the Brewers.
Aaron Cook (0-5) remained winless on the season after allowing three runs on
eight hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings.
Jason Giambi went 2-for-3 with a homer and a double.
"We're in every game," said Giambi. "I mean we're not getting blown out, just
unfortunately, we're not getting that big hit or that big pitch to give us the
win or at least tie the game."
Rickie Weeks, who vaulted the Brewers to victory on Saturday with a two-run
ninth-inning homer, began the second with a double, advanced to third on
George Kottaras' groundout and scored on McGehee's sac fly..
Marcum hurt himself -- figuratively -- in the fifth, walking Dexter Fowler
and Giambi to start the inning. After a Tulowitzki fly out to the track in
left, Seth Smith ripped a line drive towards second. Weeks dove to his right,
but the ball deflected off the tip of his glove, allowing Fowler to cross the
plate with the tying run.
The Brewers responded the next half inning, placing runners on first and
second with one down behind a Prince Fielder walk and a Weeks single.
Kottaras then doubled off the wall in left to score Fielder, but Weeks was
caught in a rundown attempting to score and was eventually tug out.
During the confusion, Kottaras advanced to third and crossed the plate on
McGehee's subsequent single.
Corey Hart began the sixth with a single, advanced to second on Nyjer Morgan's
sac bunt and scored on Mark Kotsay's base hit, giving the Brewers a 4-1 lead.
Giambi led off the home half with an emphatic blast to right, cutting the
Rockies' deficit to two.
Marcum then fell behind Tulowitzki 2-0 before manager Ron Roenicke and
a trainer visited the mound. After a brief pow-wow, Marcum walked off under
his own power.
Hawkins entered and walked Tulowitzki, then forced Seth Smith into a force
out and Ryan Spilborghs into a fly out before Eliezer Alfonzo singled to place
runners on the corners.
Jonathan Herrera then ground out to second as Hawkins escaped unscathed.
After Saito pitched a 1-2-3 seventh, the Rockies again placed runners on the
corners in the eighth, but Rodriguez struck out Alfonzo to end the threat.
Herrera reached on an error by Josh Wilson to begin the ninth and came around
to score on Ty Wigginton's double.
Wigginton was stranded, however, as Carlos Gonzalez ground out and Axford
sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a Giambi walk.
"I was just trying to make pitches," said Axford. "Whether it's a strikeout or
getting a ground ball like I did there, I'm just trying to go after the next
guy, mix it up, make them off balance. I think that was the biggest thing, I
didn't want to put anything in there to let them bloop it over or pop
something into the outfield."
Colorado is now 14-17 in one-run games...The Rockies are winless at Coors
Field this season on Sundays...Axford has converted each of his last 22 save
opportunities...The Rockies stranded 10 and were 1-for-11 with runners in
07/17 21:16:01 ET
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