Jun 28, 2014 8:08 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies' bats chipped away late in Saturday's game against Milwaukee, but the offense would not be able to overcome a poor start from Jhoulys Chacin in a 7-4 loss at Miller Park.
Chacin became the latest Rockies pitcher to fall victim to the potent Milwaukee offense, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings to bury Colorado's hopes.
Colorado has now lost 11 of its past 12 and is 7-19 in June. The Rockies have also lost all six of their matchups with Milwaukee over the past nine days. The Brewers will go for the season sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee got to Chacin early. After Chacin struck out Scooter Gennett to start the game, Chacin allowed base hits to Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez followed with a three-run home run. The right-hander avoided more damage when the next two batters flied out to the warning track.
Chacin would not stay out of trouble for long, pitching only one hitless inning in six tries. But he did not yield another run until the fifth, when Braun's triple brought in two and Lucroy scored him with a groundout to give Milwaukee a 6-0 lead.
Milwaukee pitcher Matt Garza cruised through five innings, facing the minimum and allowing only two hits, before relenting over his final two innings. In the sixth, consecutive singles by DJ LeMahieu, Chacin, Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs and a sacrifice fly by Troy Tulowitzki brought in two runs.
The Brewers got one back in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Lyle Overbay, and the Rockies responded again in the seventh with a two-run single from LeMahieu.
Garza would finish with a line of nine hits and four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings; seven of those hits came in the sixth and seventh innings.