Kendrick, Rockies trounce Brewers 10-0 in opener
The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Kyle Kendrick pitched seven sharp innings and also got two hits Monday as the Colorado Rockies trounced the Milwaukee Brewers 10-0 on opening day.
Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado each homered and drove in four runs. Troy Tulowitzki doubled twice, singled and scored three times.
There were eight extra-base hits in the game, all by Colorado. Kendrick, Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez contributed doubles.
Kendrick (1-0), who left Philadelphia after last season, excelled in his first opening day start. He gave up seven singles, walked none and struck out six.
After former commissioner Bud Selig lobbed in the ceremonial first ball, the Rockies teed off against Kyle Lohse (0-1).
Gonzalez, Tulowitzki and Arenado doubled in the first inning and Dickerson hit a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead.
Arenado hit a two-run shot into the bleachers off Lohse in the third. The right-hander gave up eight runs on 10 hits before Gonzalez ended Lohse’s third career opening day start with an RBI single in the fourth.
Rockies relievers Rafael Betancourt and Christian Friedrich each pitched a scoreless innings.
The Brewers’ best scoring chance came in the second when with one out they loaded the bases on two singles and a hit batter. Kendrick got Jean Segura to ground into a double play.
Brewers star Ryan Braun, who had offseason surgery on his right thumb, went 0 for 2 and left after the fifth inning. Adam Lind had three singles in his Milwaukee debut.
The Rockies had to be happy with how their two key veterans played, especially after last season.
Gonzalez had multiple injuries, each requiring surgery, and ended the season on the 60-day disabled list. Tulowitzki injured his hip the second game after the All-Star break and missed the remainder of the season.
Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa, last year’s opening day starter for Colorado, was limited in spring training with a groin injury. Placed on the disabled list Sunday, he is scheduled to make a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday and is limited to 65-70 pitches.
Brewers: Commenting on the pitching staff, general manager Doug Melvin said, “We were very healthy during the spring. That’s a positive to open up the season with all our guys healthy.”
Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles makes his first start since June 4 when he broke his left hand covering home on a wild pitch. He landed on the disabled list June 5 and missed 54 games before being activated off the 60-day DL on Aug. 6.
Brewers: RHP Matt Garza, who starts Tuesday, has beaten the Rockies his last two starts.
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