Facing talented Brewers rookie Freddy Peralta, the slumping Rockies had no hope and no prayer Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. What they did have was an historic plethora of swings and misses in a 7-3 defeat.
Making his major-league debut, Peralta struck out 13 Rockies in just 5 ⅔ innings. The 21-year-old right-hander pitched a no-hitter for 5 ⅓ innings until David Dahl sliced an opposite-field single to left field. When the carnage was complete, the Rockies had fanned 15 times in front of a Mother’s Day crowd of 40,453, and lost for the fourth time in five games. They finished the homestand 2-4 and are now 7-11 at Coors.
Peralta’s 13 strikeouts were the most ever by a Brewers pitcher making his big-league debut, as well as the most ever by a Brewers rookie.
Colorado finally got on the board via a solo homer by Tony Wolters in the seventh off reliever Matt Albers. A single by DJ LeMahieu, followed by a two-run homer by Dahl off Dan Jennings cut the Brewers’ lead to 7-3 in the eighth.
Right-hander Jon Gray whiffed 10 Brewers, but he was not sharp in his 5 ⅓ frames, getting blistered for six runs on 10 hits, including a solo homer by Travis Shaw in the third that traveled 452 feet and into the second deck above right field. Gray, so sharp in his last three starts, fell to 4-5 and saw his ERA rise to 4.85.
Despite their offensive ineptness, the Rockies appeared to be in the game — kind of, sort of — until the sixth when Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer off reliever Harrison Musgrave to push Milwaukee’s lead to 7-0.
In a season when strikeouts are on the rise throughout baseball, the Rockies are certainly part of the trend. They entered Sunday’s game with 364 strikeouts, the fourth-most in the National League. In an 8-0 loss to the Angles on Wednesday, Colorado whiffed 14 times.
The Rockies open a nine-game, 10-day West Coast road trip beginning Monday in San Diego, followed by four games at San Francisco and three at Los Angeles.