Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (41-47)
2 6 2
Cincinnati Reds (41-46)
3 8 0
W: Diaz (2-2) L: Hernandez (2-5) SV: Davis (13)
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Things looked good for the Cincinnati Reds most of the night. They were not trailing for 7 1/2 innings of the game. But then things went south when the Colorado Rockies hit two home runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a lead that they didn’t give back.

The Offense

Despite being played in Colorado, the offense was slow to get going for both teams. After Curt Casali singled in the 6th inning, Jesse Winker uncorked a triple into the left field corner that bounced around and by David Dahl and it scored Casali from first. That gave the Reds a 1-0 lead. Colorado tied things up in the bottom of the inning, but Eugenio Suarez got Cincinnati the lead right back. He led off the top of the 7th with a solo home run – his 21st of the season. But that was the last time they would push a run across the plate. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

The Pitching

After missing out on participating in the All-Star game, Sonny Gray got the nod to open up the second half for Cincinnati. What a start he had, too. Gray allowed just one run over 7.0 innings. He walked three batters and struck out nine as he lowered his ERA to 3.42 on the year.

David Hernandez came out for the 8th inning and things didn’t go well. After a strikeout to lead off the inning David Dahl hit a solo home run to right-center field to tie the game up. Nolan Arenado flew out to Nick Senzel in center for the second out of the inning. But then Daniel Murphy untied the game by cracking the second solo homer of the inning for the Rockies. Ian Desmond followed up with a double to end the night for David Hernandez. Michael Lorenzen came on to finish out the inning and he did so on three pitches, striking out Ryan McMahon.

Notes Worth Noting

Jose Iglesias and Curt Casli both had two hits in the game.

David Hernandez, after the game, saw his ERA jump up to 6.28. He’s allowed runs in five of his last six appearances. In that span he’s given up 11 earned runs in just 4.0 innings with 13 hits allowed.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Colorado Rockies

Saturday July 13th, 8:10pm

Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.51 ERA) vs Kyle Freeland (2-6, 7.13 ERA)