DENVER — Despite being home to one of the perennially worst teams in baseball, Coors Field is the Milwaukee Brewers’ personal horror stadium.

The Brewers, as good as they have been as a team in recent history, have made a habit of coming to Colorado’s capital city, breathing in the air from a mile high, and playing a wild game that ends in a painful denouement.

On Tuesday night, it appeared Milwaukee was once again walking down the hall of the haunted house with a trapdoor at the end, the same trapdoor they’ve run into time and time again in recent years when taking on the Colorado Rockies.

Instead, the ninth inning was an exercise in exorcism.

The Brewers came from a run down in the ninth inning to take the lead on a bases-loaded, two-out, two-strike hit by pitch by Rhys Hoskins. Trevor Megill made the save to win 4-3, snapping a six-game losing streak in Denver.

On a night when the Brewers, who left 12 on base, struggled to find the big hit, got hit.

“Give our guys credit,” manager Pat Murphy said. “This is a tough place for us to get a win.”

The win also saved Milwaukee from a stunning loss in its seventh final in the last 15 games at Coors. The offense got relief of ace Bryan Hudson, who had been dominant all season but conceded an eighth-inning lead.

Remembering the events from the long list of those nightmarish games is not for the faint of heart of a Wisconsin resident.

There was the blown save and walk-off homer that demolished the Brewers’ division title hopes. The blown five-run lead in the eighth inning to only accelerate the September 2022 free fall. The blown five-run seventh inning and four-run eighth inning to squander a four-run lead last year. Even Monday night, there was a blown save and a subsequent walk-off loss.

“It’s part of the league. We have to do it,” Murphy said. “We have to let them play here. We asked to move the games, but they wouldn’t do it. This is a beautiful stadium in a beautiful location. They have great fans that come out and support them. I think that’s great. It’s tough on our guys, it really is.”

Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Megill (left) and catcher William Contreras celebrate their victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Megill (left) and catcher William Contreras celebrate their victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.

Brewers relief pitcher Trevor Megill (left) and catcher William Contreras celebrate their victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.

Quality at-bats give Brewers lead in ninth

Fifty-five pitches. Seven different two-strike counts. One tough rally in the ninth.

The Brewers turned the tide in the ninth inning against the Rockies bullpen by playing one long, grueling at-bat after another.

“It’s contagious, right?” Hoskins said. “I think the saying goes, ‘Hitting is contagious,’ but I think that’s true for at-bats like that. You see guys that are stuck and guys that are trying to pass the stick and get it to the next guy. When you see that kind of buy-in from the whole group, it’s easy to want to be a part of it and try to do the same thing.”

Trailing by a run, Andruw Monasterio and Brice Turang led off the inning by reaching on a full count against Rockies right-hander Nick Mears. After a pop out by William Contreras, Christian Yelich hit an infield single, again on a full count pitch, that was deflected by Mears to load the bases for Willy Adames, who hit an 0-2 pitch to center for a tying sacrifice fly.

“That’s it. Just stay in the present,” Murphy said. “Pitch by pitch. It sounds cliché, but just stay in the present. You’ve got to be mentally tough. You’ve got to be really mentally tough to stay in the present and not get out of the zone. Willy Adames’ big at-bat. Down, 0-2. Stay in the present and just do what he had to do.”

Garrett Mitchell delivered a quality plate appearance, battling back from 0-2 down in the count to draw a walk, load the bases and prompt the Rockies to bring in Justin Lawrence for Mears. The new reliever, like Mears, had trouble getting a batter off after taking an 0-2 lead, and hit Hoskins in the elbow with a two-strike pitch to give the Brewers a 4-3 lead.

Once again the Rockies came back late in the game and took a lead

It seemed like things were going in the wrong direction for Milwaukee, because of the same old story.

Late in a game at Coors Field, the Brewers made a pair of errors and the Rockies punished them for them. This time, they came in the form of a walk, a pitching error and a poorly placed fastball to Colorado’s leading hitter.

Hudson, who has been unwavering in the bullpen this year, walked leadoff batter Ryan McMahon, though he certainly didn’t capitalize on the close calls from home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. With one out, William Contreras attempted to back-pick the runner on first base, but threw him short and first baseman Rhys Hoskins was unable to knock him down, sending McMahon to second. Hudson then threw a fastball straight up the middle to Doyle, who doubled to center for his fifth extra-base hit of the series to score McMahon.

Rob Zastryzny, who made his debut opening for the Brewers on Monday, came on and escaped the inning by flying out Charlie Blackmon, ultimately earning the win.

“Rob Z coming in there, that was big (guts),” Megill said. “That was awesome.”

Colorado Sky Help Brewers to Draw

With a runner on third and one out in the seventh, a pop-up by Brice Turang in the air was missed by two Rockies outfielders, allowing the Brewers to score and tie the game. Turang’s fly almost certainly wouldn’t have been deep enough to score Jackson Chourio had it been caught, but neither center fielder Brenton Doyle nor right fielder Hunter Goodman were able to follow it, and it fell to the grass.

While those two outfielders helped the Brewers, the Rockies’ third burned the visitors later. Left fielder Nolan Jones threw Turang out at the plate for the final out of the inning, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring with a 100 mph assist. Jones has the two fastest outfield assists of the year in the majors, both against the Brewers in the last two nights.

The Brewers increased the pitch count of Rockies starter Ryan Feltner, but allowed only one run in three innings. Sal Frelick’s bloop single in the second brought home Willy Adames from second, but the Brewers were otherwise 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position against Feltner.

Colorado, meanwhile, took only two big swings against Brewers starter Dallas Keuchel, both in the second. Brenton Doyle hit his third homer of the series to lead off the inning, then Jacob Stallings tripled to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Keuchel went 5 1/3 innings with four hits and two walks allowed, but induced a timely double play and struck out five in a well-timed comeback from a shaky first start with the team last week against Texas. The Brewers initially had Enoli Paredes in the bullpen in the fourth inning, but Keuchel was able to get four more outs after that point.

“Guys like him aren’t necessarily the best in the world at their stuff, it’s all in their head,” Megill said of Keuchel. “I’m sure he’s gone to the blackboard and reevaluated what he needs to do to be successful. I like what I’m seeing with him front-hipping righties and throwing change-ups, keeping people off balance now.”

Brewers schedule

Brewers at Rockies, Wednesday, 7:40 p.m. Milwaukee RHP Colin Rea (7-2, 3.61) vs. Colorado RHP Dakota Hudson (2-11, 5.84). Broadcast: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

Brewers at Rockies, 7:10 p.m. Thursday. Milwaukee RHP Tobias Myers (5-2, 3.26) vs. Colorado RHP Cal Quantrill (6-6, 3.78). Airline: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 4, Rockies 3: Milwaukee Finally Wins Thrilling Game in Its Own Home of Horrors