|Colorado Rockies (49-55)
|Cincinnati Reds (46-55)
|W: Marquez (10-5) L: Castillo (9-4)
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The Rockies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then a 6-2 lead before blowing the game entirely wide open with a 6-run top of the 9th inning to keep the fans waiting around for the postgame concert.
Jesse Winker doubled to lead off the 1st inning and then moved to third base on a balk. He scored when Joey Votto grounded out to second base to get the Reds on the board. The Josh VanMeter show continued as he led off the 2nd inning with a solo home run to cut the Rockies lead to 3-2. That, unfortunately for the Reds, was the last time they would push a run across the plate as the offense stalled out.
Josh VanMeter would finish the night going 3-4 and he’s now hitting .297/.392/.500 for the Reds this season. Might be time to find a way to get him into the lineup every single day. Yasiel Puig and Tucker Barnhart, who was activated prior to the game, both had two hits on the day.
With Luis Castillo on the mound for the Reds you felt good about a low-scoring affair. But the old saying that you can’t predict baseball came to fruition on Friday night. A single, sacrifice bunt, and a walk opened up the first inning. Daniel Murphy then unloaded on the first pitch he saw and put a souvenir ten rows deep into right-center. In the 4th inning the Rockies got to Luis Castillo again. An infield single with 1 out got things started. Another sacrifice bunt followed, though this one was by the pitcher, but an RBI double by Charlie Blackmon and home run by David Dahl followed to extend the Colorado lead to 6-2. He settled back down for the 5th, making quick work of the Rockies that included two strikeouts.
Robert Stephenson came in for the 6th inning. After some recent struggles for the right-hander he put together a hitless outing that stretched for 3.0 innings. He walked two batters and had three strikeouts before turning the game over to Jared Hughes in the 9th. While the Rockies were certainly holding a lead of four runs and likely to win the game, it was a near certainty after Hughes gave up six runs in the top of the inning.
Notes Worth Noting
Nick Senzel was not in the starting lineup, and he didn’t get into the game, but David Bell noted he was available off of the bench today.
The Reds didn’t draw a single walk on the day.
The six runs allowed by Jared Hughes are a career high. He had never allowed more than four in a game before tonight.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Saturday July 27th, 7:10pm
TBA for Colorado vs. Anthony DeSclafani (5-5, 4.12 ERA)