During a wild and exciting (at times) day of baseball, the first walk-off win of the season came in Milwaukee. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy drove in Rickie Weeks with a sac fly with one out in the tenth inning of a 4-4 game to give Milwaukee the 5-4 victory.
The Brewers trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth before a three run rally, capped by a two-run dbuble by Aramis Ramirez, put them ahead 4-3. But with two outs in the ninth inning, Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler then tied the game with a long homer to right on the first pitch he saw against closer John Axford, throwing Axford's status as Milwaukee's closer into question once again.
The bullpen management of Rockies manager Walt Weiss will definitely come into question after using ace setup man Matt Belisle for just one pitch in the seventh, and not getting closer Rafael Betancourt into the game at all. Adam Ottavino's control was a mess in the tenth (which is par for the course ofr him), as he hit Rickie Weeks, intentionally walked Ryan Braun after Weeks stole second, and walked Aramis Ramirez to load the bases for Lucroy, who hit the sac fly on his second pitch of the at bat. In fact, the Brewers only swung the bat three times against Ottavino in the tenth: Lucroy's sac fly, Norchika Aoki whiffing for strike three, and Braun fouling a ball off on the first pitch of his at bat.
Despite the blown save by Axford, Brewers fans should take solace in the fact that their bullpen pitched really well. In five innings in relief of Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee's relief corps allowed just two hits, one run (on the solo homer by Fowler), no walks, and struck out eight. Considering that the Rockies tallied ten hits against Gallardo in five innings, that's a pretty substantial way to dump water on their parade. Axford struck out the side around the homer by Fowler, so it might be a little early to give away his closer's job.