The game was ugly, particularly early on as the Rockies led 6-1 after five innings. But Cincinnati’s offense rallied late and scored six runs in the final two innings and the Reds got a big defensive play in the bottom of the 9th to seal the win and get back to the .500 mark as they improved to 19-19 by salvaging a series split with Colorado.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (19-19) 7 9 2
Colorado Rockies (15-26)
6 10 0
W: Doolittle (3-0) L: Givens (1-2) SV: Antone (2)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

The Offense

After both teams went quietly in the 1st, the Reds got things going in the 2nd inning when Eugenio Suárez led off with a double to center. He moved over on a ground out and then scored on an infield single by Shogo Akiyama to put Cincinnati in front 1-0.

The offense went quiet for a long time after that. In the top of the 8th inning Jonathan India walked and Tucker Barnhart singled to put two on to begin the frame. Nick Senzel lined the ball into right field but a diving grab by Yonathan Daza for the first out of the inning. The other Nick – Castellanos – walked to load the bases before the Rockies went to the bullpen for a pitching change. It didn’t help as Tyler Naquin singled in two runs and then Eugenio Suárez hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center to make it 6-4. Tyler Stephenson and Shogo Akiyama both singled, with the latter bringing in the Reds 5th run of the day and bringing up pinch-hitter Jesse Winker to face Tyler Kinley in the biggest spot of the game, but Winker flew out to dead center to end the inning with Cincinnati trailing 6-5.

Jonathan India led off the top of the 9th inning and he was hit by a pitch in the elbow to reach base and representing the tying run. He was erased on a fielders choice and replaced at first by Tucker Barnhart. Nick Senzel lined a single into center and moved Barnhart up to second and brought Nick Castellanos to the plate. The Reds right fielder flew out to right field, but both runners moved up a base on the play. Tyler Naquin walked to load the bases for Eugenio Suárez. Cincinnati tied the game up on a wild pitch that was up and in before Suárez walked to re-load the bases for Tyler Stephenson. Another wild pitch put the Cincinnati Reds in front, 7-6 right before Stephenson struck out looking to send the game to the bottom of the 9th.

The Pitching

Jeff Hoffman had been cruising through the first three innings, but Colorado got to him in the 4th after a walk was sandwiched by two doubles to begin the inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning the Rockies thought they had added two more runs to their lead when Joe West called 2-run home run for Dom Nuñez, but on replay it was ruled foul. It was a brief reprieve as Nuñez walked and then Hoffman fielded a sacrifice bunt by opposing starter Antonio Senzatela and proceeded to throw it to the popcorn vendor along the right field line to bring in a run for the Rockies and move everyone up. A sacrifice fly followed to make it 4-1. A line drive to center followed and it should have ended the inning, but Tyler Naquin simply missed it as it hit him in the wrist just above his knees and then bounced off of his body – leading to a 5th run and extending the Rockies lead. The official scorer somehow ruled it as a double in what is the worst call we’ve seen since Amir Garrett was suspended for a week for yelling.

Ryan Hendrix came out for the 5th inning and while he did allow two singles in the inning he didn’t get help from the defense as a throwing error by Shogo Akiyama brought in an unearned run that made it 6-1. Amir Garrett made his return from suspension with two strikeouts in a perfect 6th inning. Art Warren fired a perfect 7th inning with a strikeout before turning the game over to Sean Doolittle in the 8th after a 4-run top of the frame. The lefty entered with a 6-5 game and looked to hold the score there in order to give the Reds one final chance to push the tying run across the plate and he did his part.

Tejay Antone entered the game for the bottom of the 9th with the Reds holding a 7-6 lead after a wild top of the 9th that saw Cincinnati score two runs on two separate wild pitches to tie the game and then take the lead. It’s never easy, particularly in Colorado, and Connor Joe doubled to lead off the inning. Antone turned around and got Trevor Story to pop out to shortstop. Ryan McMahon lined a single into center, but Connor Joe misread it very badly and was only able to advance to third base, giving Cincinnati an extra life for the time being. It mattered, too, because a ground ball to Jonathan India turned into a slick 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Key Moment of the Game

In the bottom of the 9th inning the Rockies had runners on the corners with one out and Jonathan India and Eugenio Suárez turned an outstanding double play to end the game.

Notes Worth Noting

The defense….. yikes. Well, except for the game ending play.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds

Monday May 17th, 6:40pm ET

Logan Webb (2-3, 4.74 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (0-2, 3.55 ERA)

53 Responses

  1. Klugo

    That’s gotta be excruciating for a Rockies fan.
    Oh well. Go Reds.

    • LDS

      And Reds fans. Can’t really say either team has a lot to brag about this weekend. Tomorrow starts the SF series. Currently, SF has the best record in the NL. The Reds need to put on their big boy pants and win that series. Imagine the impact of taking all 4. If they lose the series, something has to give. Fire some folks, trade some folks, call up some folks. But pretending everything will work out, given enough time, isn’t a winning strategy.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      Indeed, just one strike away from winning the game and the series, yet they had to settle for only even.

  2. JEFF MORRIS

    I have seen this before with T Stephenson when there is two strikes, especially when the count is 3-2. He takes the 3rd strike, and strikes out! I have seen it a few times now! And, its usually been a fastball! Tyler S, as we have all been taught from farm league, little league, babe ruth, ect……You HAVE to SWING at a pitch when its CLOSE to the Strike Zone when you have 2 strikes. Protect the Plate when you have 2 strikes. Thank You for Listening! Doug Gray, not sure if there is anyway you can pass this on to the Reds? Anyway…to tape this up on the Reds clubhouse, before they come home to play tommorrow nights game?

  3. Chris

    Big win today. I know it’s early – but going against the bottom of the NL for a 7-game roadie, 4-3 looks way better than 3-4.

    Some notes:

    Hoffman continues to not be the answer. His final line doesn’t look too bad and it is Coors, but I still think this is a low-ceiling, low-floor guy as a SP. looked good early though.

    Great to see Antone getting back-to-back work, but he didn’t really seem to have it working. Slider was flat and hanging. Cant tell if the high-70’s, low-80’s breaking ball he was throwing was a slower slider or just a bad curve with no break. Perhaps Coors negatively impacted his bite as well. Meh – he got out of it.

    Rockies are a decent team at home and they have some dudes that are on fire right now. I don’t feel too badly about a split. Pitching matchup tomorrow favors us. Grab game 1 and then move on from there. I’d love to see some length from Sonny.

    I certainly hope Winker isn’t following the path from last year and slumping after a big hot streak. I liked giving him the day off today. Hopefully he’s back in business tomorrow.

    Ultimately, Senzel and/or India will need some reps at SS.

    • Steven Ross

      9-Game Roadtrip. 2 in Cleveland, 3 in Pittsburgh and 4 in Denver. Reds went 5 & 4. Yes, much better than 4 & 5.

  4. Old-school

    Winning doesnt diminish Hoffman needs to be replaced

    Give Bell credit
    Senzel 3b scored winning run
    India 2b to Suarez SS to barnhart 1B finished the game
    Stephenson did fine at C
    Antone closed the W

  5. docproc

    Hope this was Hoffman’s last start for the Reds.
    But I know I’m just dreaming.
    BTW, we’ll face Disco, Guzman, and Cueto in the SF series.

  6. Indy Red Man

    Big win! They haven’t lost a series in forever it seems, even though they aren’t exactly hot either? Hopefully coming home will give them some energy because these games were long & crazy! Props to Shogo too! I haven’t been overly positive about him, but I always liked that approach at the plate to look oppo/up the middle.

    • TR

      Shogo looks good not taking so many pitches and swinging the bat.

    • Jim Walker

      The Reds are better in the loss column than everybody in the NL Central except for the Cards and only -1 to them with 3 games in hand to the Reds. If they just keep splitting their 2 and 4 game series and winning 3 game series, the math will eventually come through for them.

  7. TR

    A big psychological win for the Reds. They can’t afford a letdown with SFG and the Brew Crew this week.

  8. Mark Moore

    “Paused” mid-game. Checked in at down 6-1. Went to get some dinner. Settled into my chair expecting to see an ugly outcome and found us up in the bottom of the 9th. Got to watch that DP to end the game and then circled back to watch T8 and T9. Talk about a nail-biter.

    A win is a win, especially on the road in that cavern of Coors.

  9. RojoBenjy

    I Cleted but I confess I lurked thereafter.

    The cleverest line in the game thread was “wild pitch—our new offensive weapon!”

    I heard that on TV broadcast they said Miley figured out that Garrett had been tipping his breaking ball by the way his shoulder opened up or was open. Boy if that’s all it was and he can roar back that’s at least something.

    And finally—little league throwing it around the diamond gives up runs, and little league PB/WP gives them back! Ringling Bros. or Benny Hill Show?

    Really nice to split 4 after two awful losses to start.

    • Mark Moore

      +500

      I too Cleted and lurked. Then watched the final DP for the win. A win feels good.

      Let’s see what GABP does to us. Hopefully no more Benny Hill.

      • Old-school

        I never cleted!!!
        Watched the whole thing

    • Jim Walker

      I did a constructive clete by switching over to watch Hunter Greene dominate once again at AA; but then I switched back and caught the last 2 innings after HG’s day had ended.

      I can’t believe the Rockies found a way to outdo the mid game Reds Little League antics but they did, Thank you.

      Those were a couple of really good 2 out -1 run PAs by Naquin and Suárez to keep the game alive until the tying run had scored. And even though Stephenson eventually K’d, it wasn’t that poor of a PA as he kept it going till the Rocks could wild pitch in the lead (and ultimately winning) run.

      • Edwin Richards

        “Constructive clete.” Very excellent.

  10. MBS

    Keep Shogo playing, he is just getting started. Shogo / Senzel 1 / 2 or flip ‘em to set the table for Winker / Castellanos 3 / 4. That should generate some offense

    • RedDoggyPerez

      I agree with Shogo is just getting started, was down on him last year but the whole team was slumping. It’s time to make some hard decisions.

  11. Lid

    Hunter Greene can save the bullpen when his innings get limited as a Red! Another show today.

    • Jim Walker

      Greene is on the verge of posing a very pleasant problem for the Reds. He is dominating with command and control of his superior stuff that would make most MLB pitchers happy. Add to that he has been pitch efficient in all 3 of his starts to date. Today he went 6 innings on 89 pitches/ 63 strikes. In each of his 1st two games, he had gone 5 innings on less than 80 pitches with a similar strike rate.

      For 2021 at Class AA in 3 starts his accumulative line is 16IP; 3R (all earned); 8H; 3BB; 25K for an ERA of 1.69 and WHIP of 0.69.

      So what will the Reds do if Greene continues at anything approaching this level of performance for the next month or so? It would make no sense and perhaps be counterproductive to his long term development to leave him at AA any longer.

      And if he gets to AAA by mid June and is still performing at an outstanding level there in mid July, then don’t the Reds face the same questions and issues if they hold him back at AAA based on some “master plan” which did not include him seeing MLB till 2022?

  12. Matt WI

    That double play was as a good as the errors were bad. Baseball giveth and taketh.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That’s for sure. India is very, very slick defensively.

    • Kevin Patrick

      India got rid of the ball fast…good throw by Suarez too. The defensive play by Akiyama in the previous game is what got me a bit excited. Shogo back now is very timely. Positionally, I think the Reds may be deep enough to weather the suspensions and injuries. I wish they would pick up another reliable starter. How good would DeSclafani have looked in red this year? Of all the up in arms off season moves…his not being retained may have been the poorest choice.

      • Slicc50

        Alex Wood not bad either…5-0 with a 1.75 era.

      • Maloney63

        How weird is it that the Giants have 4 ex-Reds in their starting rotation? They must like the idea of bringing in guys accustomed to pitching in a tiny ballpark.

      • GreatRedLegsFan

        All four, Cueto, Gausman, Disco and Wood having excellent seasons, just astonishing.

      • TR

        It’s easy to comment in retrospect, but it is puzzling why the Reds let Jose Iglesias and DeSclafani go when they both had roles to play be it just in the short term.

      • TR

        This is the first time I’ve heard the Red’s ballpark described as tiny.

    • Jim Walker

      Oh yeah. Seeing the way Suárez relayed that ball on to first was enough to understand why somebody would try to make a SS out of him.

  13. scotly50

    Thank the Rockies for this one. Good double at the end.

  14. GreatRedLegsFan

    The bullpen has set foot nicely, it shall only be expected to activate Feliz for the series against Giants, I guess Perez will be sent down to make room. The offensive has managed to keep it up despite not having Votto and Moustakas, Suarez seems to be slowly recovering. Still of concern is 2/5 of the starting rotation, Castillo cannot find his way back and Hoffman simply does not qualify as a starter, let’s see how it’ll be sorted out.

  15. Rednat

    the starting pitching is a concern but the reds have had good , winning teams in the past without a great starting pitching staff. this phenomenon of having to have 5 lock down starters to be a good team is relatively new.

    the reds have made up for a bad starting pitching staff in the past with a good offense, lockdown bullpen, solid defense and good baserunning.

    the offense is good. the bullpen seems to be coming around especially if Garrett can right the ship. the defense has potential I think but or baserunning has been really awful. not only the mental errors on the bases which has cost us dearly but or base stealing has to get better. i’m not sure why we keep getting thrown out trying to steal but that is a problem that needs to be fixed.

    • Indy Red Man

      Defensively the outfield is never going to be very good. Naquin isn’t very good. Shogo can’t throw which sort of limits him to LF and WInker isn’t very good either. Castellanos is decent, but nothing special defensively. Senzel can’t stay healthy in CF? Guys can & do pull up on balls? Many are uncatchable or not worth trips to the IL. Its hard to tell a guy not to go all out though? One big thing in our favor is that GABP is so small that it helps the Reds lack of speed in the OF

      Infield wise I think India could have a Gold Glove in his future. I love having a 2B with range and a 3Bs arm! Thats somewhat rare! The problem is Moose/Votto are going to play when available which means Suarez is the SS.

      • Jim Walker

        Or maybe the Reds take and make a trade for a real SS (since they now know when the ballpark revenue should be back to something approaching normal).

      • Jim T

        Jim the reds have 2 prospects A-Rod and Garcia that are lightning it up. One at AAA and one at AA. I wouldn’t think we will make a trade until we see if one of them is our longtime answer.

      • Roger Garrett

        It shows up on the road and it really shows up when Senzel isn’t out there.At home anything over an outfielders head is gone anyway so it doesn’t matter much.India is a player.Yeah he makes some not so smart plays but he has a big time upside and yes he sets when guys return or at best he platoons with Senzel which is even worse.If and when they commit to play these young guys and give then 450 at bats we get much much better.I still see and I don’t want it to happen,lots of nagging injuries for Moose and Joey.Take it from an old guy,aches and pains mount up and a 162 game season with the travel makes me hurt just thinking about it.

      • Jim Walker

        @JimT. I see the Reds having a playoff opportunity now; and, if either of the shortstop prospects were ready, they’d almost certainly be with the Reds and not in the minors.

        Teams don’t always get to pick when they get to contend. Grab the chance that is there when it is there. Target a SS with only 2-3 years of obligation/ team control and go get him. Bundle one of the in house prospects (preferably Rodriguez) into the deal; and, figure out when the time comes in 2022 or 23 how to deal with the possible backup at the position.

      • Jim t

        Jim, Couldn’t agree more concerning seizing the moment but I still think we let the string play out a bit longer with our 2 prospects. Really it anxious to give up the kind of return it would take to land a top tier SS. Also if the idea isn’t to land a top tier guy I sit with what I have.

      • LDS

        Rodriguez is 27 in less than a month. Still no major league ABs. He’s hitting well at the moment so bring him up and try him. Otherwise, package him and Suarez and get a real SS. It’s been long enough to suspect Suarez will never return to his prior form. And it’s time to start grooming a first baseman. Votto is on a multi-year progressive decline. While many of his fans here (over reliance on “analytics”) think his bounce back is right around the corner, I suspect that’s wishful thinking. Hope I’m wrong. Senzel seems fragile. Moose doesn’t seem to be able to stay healthy. Castellanos will likely opt out if he continues his current pace. Shogo is already 33. Naquin feels Dietrich-like. And let’s not even think about the pitching mess. Castillo? I don’t have DG’s time or experience to handicap the minors and point to a future, competitive lineup. But as a long time fan (50+ years), nothing I see from the ownership, the front office, or the field management leads me to think the Reds will be a successful playoff contender in the near future. I’m open to being convinced I’m full of it but at this point I’m skeptical.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Great win by the Reds.We have holes but so do other teams.Reds young guys getting it done yet there are times when they look like young guys.Great DP to end it.India with a great grab and Eugenio with a rocket to first to get a very fast guy.Watched it several times and although we had some little league play earlier that was big league stuff.I am probably down on Bell more then most but other managers do dumb stuff too.Thought we had a chance in the 8th when they started with a guy with a 10 ERA and then brought in another guy with a 7 ERA.Ninth was even worse to lose on back to back wild pitches or passed balls is awful for them and great for us.Go Reds

  17. SultanofSwaff

    Reds hitters are 4th in baseball in OPS, 15th in walks, and (yay!) just 21st in strikeouts. That tells me the odds are pretty good this offense has staying power.

    The improvement has to come from the pitching. While we’re 9th in strikeouts, we’re 2nd in baseball in walks allowed (behind the Cardinals). Derek Johnson’s ‘strikeout everybody’ approach has the team 17th in hits allowed, 16th in homers. Starter’s ERA is 24th, relievers are 26th. Relievers have allowed just 117 hits in 152 IP with 172 strikeouts, but the 92 walks are problematic.

  18. Matt O'Neal

    One of the writers on twitter mentioned Hoffman’s stats 1st time thru vs 2nd + time thru an order, and (I don’t think the Reds will do this but,) Hoffman could be an interesting opener.

    1st time thru the order opponents have a .635 OPS against him. 2nd time through its a .990
    Have Hoffman face the lineup one time over and bring in the next guy.

  19. Tomn

    Green – is he ready? Hoffman’s next start and Green’s look to be the same. Wouldn’t it be something if ….

    • Jim Walker

      Luis Castillo’s jump from AA to MLB in 2017 was spurred by a 14 game (80.1IP) run at the start of the season. Greene has made 3 starts and pitched 16 innings at AA so far.

      Castillo also had thrown a lot more professional innings in previous seasons than Greene. With the lack of depth in Greene’s experience, my guess the Reds want to see at least a month of him at AA then if his performance is still comparable to what he has done so far, a similar look at him at AAA before moving him into the MLB rotation but only if he is still absolutely dominating.

      Greene’s innings count is going to come into play at some point also, as they probably would like to keep him in the 150 inning range for the season. But who knows about now that since they are letting him go 5 and now even 6 innings out of the chute; maybe he is on more of a pitch count than innings count?

      It is also worth noting that the Reds have a couple of highly rated starting pitcher prosects already at AAA in Tony Santillan and Vladimir Gutierrez who they probably would have a look at with the Reds before Greene over the short haul. Then again, if they do move Greene up to AAA quickly and he continues to absolutely dominate, who knows?

  20. Old Big Ed

    That was a tremendous turn on the DP by Suarez. Great footwork to touch the bag and give himself a short throw, and then he put as much mustard on the ball as I’d ever seen from him. Nice feed from India, too.

    I’ll give credit to India for righting the ship after a big slump. And Senzel, too, for that matter.

    • RojoBenjy

      It was nice to see Senzel out there. I hope the club was just babying his heel is all

  21. Max BRAGG

    Reds are what we see .500 is the best, but they are EXCITING! I thank that Hoffman has topped out . Go REDS