The Colorado Rockies scored nine runs over the first two innings to leave no doubt as to who would win their game against the Cincinnati Reds today at Coors Field.
|Cincinnati Reds (3-19)||1||4||1|
|Colorado Rockies (13-9)
|W: Freeland (1-3) L: Sanmartin (0-4)
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Today’s loss is the 17th in the last 18 games for the Reds, their 10th consecutive loss on the road, and a three-game sweep by Colorado. For a bit more perspective:
The Cincinnati #Reds are on the verge of having 1 win over their last 6 series. Not 1 series win. 1 winning game.
It's truly been something to behold.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 1, 2022
As I was trying to come up with what to write for this game wrapup, particularly after the first two innings, I was at a loss (no pun intended). There is nothing that I can tell all of you who are Reds lifers that you’re not already seeing yourself.
It feels like the entire team is in a funk, and not from a lack of desire or effort. Like us, I believe the members of this team can’t believe what is happening to them, and they are all pressing to an extreme degree to try to turn things around.
But that doesn’t change what is true about this team. It was literally gutted by the front office during the off-season. What you’re watching now is the equivalent of an expansion team roster.
Clearly the front office’s objective is to go to a build-from-within model like the Tampa Bay Rays have mastered to notable success (and limited expenditures). The Reds have a substantial number of pitching prospects in Class A and AA from the trades that gutted the team. But there are very few, if any, legit position player prospects at the upper levels, so any chance to build a total team from within is still a couple of years away at least.
All of this hurts because if you’re reading this, it’s probably because Reds baseball is a way of life for you. After a couple of seasons where we got to experience contention, it’s back to the dregs of the standings. I try to be as positive as possible, but the chances of this team turning this season around significantly are about as likely as the chance they would win after falling behind 6-0 in the first inning today.
Cincinnati’s only run of the day came on this fifth-inning solo blast:
4??th homer of the season for Brandon Drury pic.twitter.com/6M3ZWRFIFb
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 1, 2022
It was one of his team-leading two hits.
Rookie lefty Reiver Sanmartin again wasn’t fooling anybody. In his last start, the final eight batters he faced reached base. Today, the first five Rockies batters reached as the home team scored six in the bottom of the first inning.
Six relievers followed Sanmartin into the game, with Hunter Strickland, Luis Cessa, Alexis Diaz and Tony Santillan pitching scoreless ball.
News and Notes
Major-league rosters will be reduced from 28 to 26 by Tuesday, meaning the Reds will be removing two players before Tuesday night’s game at Milwaukee.
And about 45 minutes after the game ended the Reds have made those two moves, optioning Reiver Sanmartin and Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers
Tuesday, May 3, 7:40 p.m. ET
Vladimir Gutierrez (0-4, 7.41 ERA) vs. Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 5.30 ERA)