Opening Day: Colorado Rockies trounce Milwaukee Brewers 10-0 at Miller Park
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kyle Kendrick pitched seven sharp innings and also got two hits Monday, April 6th 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.
After all those years as commissioner, Bud Selig was back at the ballpark on Brewers Opening Day.
The 80-year-old Selig threw out the ceremonial first ball Monday at Miller Park.
Selig headed Major League Baseball from 1998 until his retirement in January, when Rob Manfred took over. Selig is now commissioner emeritus.
Selig said he’s been teaching classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University in Milwaukee since leaving office. He’s also working on a book.
“I have a class coming up on Wednesday and as commissioner emeritus I also have work to do. It’s been busy,” he said.
Selig formerly owned the Brewers and has spent five decades in baseball.
“As I start my book, you think back and it has been an amazing 51 years,” Selig said.
Opening day at Miller Park got off to a highly emotional start Monday for Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and his family.
For the last decade, the national anthem at the opener been performed by Attanasio’s father, Joe. He died in January at 89.
The Brewers paid tribute to Joe Attanasio by having a moment of silence and fading the center-field scoreboard to black. A video of him singing the national anthem at last year’s opener then played on the scoreboard.
“I’m looking forward to hearing it one last time,” Mark Attanasio said prior to the Brewers’ game against Colorado.
Members of his family gathered on the field behind home plate where the name “Joe” was chalked in the dirt. Mark Attanasio put his arm around his mother, Connie, who had been married to Joe for 60 years, as the video played.
Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch, wore a “Joe” button on his lapel, as did many Brewers employees.
Temps were in the mid-40s as Brewers fans made their way to Miller Park to tailgate. Forecasters expected rain would stay away until after the game.