Rockies’ southpaw Austin Gomber exits with “left forearm tightness” in home loss against Brewers – The Denver Post

Rockies’ southpaw Austin Gomber pitched only two innings on Saturday before exiting with “left forearm tightness” against the Brewers.

Colorado initially withstood his unexpected absence. But closer Tyler Kinley gave up a two-run homer in the ninth that snapped the Rockies’ five-game winning streak at Coors Field. Their 6-5 loss added insult to injury as the team anxiously awaits a health update from its most effective starter this season.

Gomber threw 33 pitches and allowed two runs on four hits prior to leaving the game. It is unclear how long Gomber will be unavailable moving forward.

On Saturday, the teams exchanged two runs apiece in the first inning. Brewers’ shortstop Willy Adames ripped an RBI double and then scored on a fielder’s choice. Raimel Tapia and Yonathan Daza extended their multi-game hit streaks while each recorded one run. Colorado took a 3-2 lead in the second when Tapia’s infield single scored Elias Diaz.

The Rockies appeared in trouble when right-hander Jhoulys Chacin replaced Gomber in the third. Chacin gave up a walk and double that set the stage for a Christian Yelich RBI groundout. But Chacin escaped the inning with the game tied, 3-3.

Colorado took a two-run lead in the fifth with small-ball perfection. Tapia walked, moved to third on a Daza single, and scored on a Charlie Blackmon RBI groundout. Then Ryan McMahon brought Daza home with an RBI single.

Daza also provided the defensive highlight of the game in the sixth. Brewers’ infielder Jace Peterson sent a line drive into deep center off reliever Justin Lawrence. Daza snagged the baseball in mid-air, crashed into the wall, and abruptly fell to the ground while still securing the catch.

However, Milwaukee clawed back against reliever Yency Almonte with two outs in the seventh when Adames smashed a two-out double. Brewers’ outfielder Avisail Garcia scored Adames with an RBI single to make it 5-4. Reliever Lucas Gilbreath retired three consecutive batters in the eighth to squash Milwaukee momentum.

Colorado turned to Kinley in closing the game. Brewers infielder Luis Urias pegged him with a one-out single. Then Adames blasted a home run to put the game away.

Now, the Rockies (30-42) turns their attention to Gomber’s looming injury status. The most significant return from the Nolan Arenado trade entered Saturday night at 6-5 with a 3.54 ERA. Gomber had thrived at Coors Field over his first five starts with the team, touting a 0.95 ERA and only three earned runs.

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