Reds Power Past Rockies For 11-8 Win
The Cincinnati Reds started the last series of their road trip with a huge victory. The Reds pounded the Colorado Rockies 11-8. The game was definitely not a pitcher’s duel. But the Redlegs were able to get their offense on track. Coors Field has been very friendly to Cincinnati batters.
The Reds put on a serious display of power during the home run slugfest. Joey Votto continued his hot streak against the Rockies, as reported by the Inquisitr. He belted homer No. 200 of his career and had three RBIs on the day. Adam Duvall had the first two-homerun game of his career, as he matched Votto with three runs knocked in. Zack Cozart lifted a homer from the park along with Eugenio Suarez.
Reds starter Dan Straily (3-2) was able to work 6.0 innings for the win. He was roughed up in the third inning but settled down enough to get his third victory of the season. In his final three innings of work, he needed just 36 pitches to get the job done. His ability to work deeper into the game gave the Reds overworked bullpen needed rest.
The Reds took command in the fourth frame. They scored five runs and chased Chad Bettis from the mound. Duvall slammed a two-run homer into the Rockies bullpen, Votto chipped in with two-run double and Brandon Phillips ended the early scoring with a single. Bettis gave up six runs and eight hits in just 3.2 innings.
The Reds came into Colorado having lost 12 of their last 13 games. The offense was able to get fat on the woeful pitching of the Rockies. The Rockies were hardly able to do any damage against one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball. Their bats were silent until the ninth inning, when Carlos Gonzalez slammed a home run into deep center field, cutting the lead to 11-7. Daniel Descalso would add one more run with an RBI single to make it 11-8.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss spoke bluntly, via Cincinnati Reds.
“We were certainly tapped today. Ideally we didn’t want to have to start going to the bullpen until about the seventh. That’s how we were set up today. But Germen did a great job going two-plus, and that was big. We were running out of bodies down there. Jake was the last one there available to pitch.”
The Reds were able to overcome a 5-1 deficit, for the comeback win. When the dust settled, the Reds had belted out a season high 17 hits off the Rockies pitching. Eight of that total was for extra bases. How bad were the Rockies pitchers? When Duvall led off the ninth inning with a homer, it was the third consecutive inning a Reds leadoff hitter sent a pitch out of Coors Field.
Tony Cingrani came on to close things out. He walked DJ LeMahieu, before giving up a 459-foot bomb to Gonzalez. He then walked Mark Reynolds and gave up a run-scoring hit to Daniel Descalso. By that time, manager Bryan Price had seen enough. J.C. Ramirez replaced Cingrani and was able to get the save.
“Straily righted the ship, to go out there for three more scoreless,” Price commented.
“That really made the biggest difference. In the end we got really good, productive innings from Wood and Ohlendorf. Then, Ramirez coming in to get his first big league save, picking up Cingrani.”
The Reds try to make it two in a row when the action picks up Tuesday night. Right-hander Jon Moscot (0-2, 4.02) will take the mound for the Reds. The Rockies will counter with Jon Gray (2-2, 5.95). A series sweep could get Cincinnati ready for a tough homestand against Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals.
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