The Colorado Rockies took an early lead on Tuesday night in front of 28,291 fans at Great American Ball Park. That didn’t deter the Cincinnati Reds, who thanks to a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning from TJ Friedl, pulled off another come from behind win and extended their winning streak to 10 games.
|Colorado Rockies (29-47)
|Cincinnati Reds (39-35)
|W: Young (2-0) L: Davis (0-2) SV: Diaz (20)|
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It didn’t take long before the Cincinnati Reds were going to need a come from behind win to keep their winning streak going. Nolan Jones hit a 1-out solo home run in the top of the 1st inning to put the Rockies ahead. The Reds tried to get a rally going in the bottom of the inning with a TJ Friedl single to lead things off and a 1-out walk from Jonathan India, but Cincinnati couldn’t cash in on that opportunity.
In the 2nd inning the Reds tried it again and this time TJ Friedl cashed that check by following up 2-out walks from Will Benson and Curt Casali with a 3-run homer to put Cincinnati on top. Colorado tried to do a little something with back-to-back 2-out walks in the top of the 3rd, but Ben Lively was able to strike out Elias Diaz to shut that down and hold onto a 2-run lead.
The Reds went back to work in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Elly De La Cruz hit an opposite field solo home run to extend the Reds lead to 4-1. Jake Fraley would follow with a walk and he’d score from first base on a 2-out double into right-center by Spencer Steer. Colorado got one of those runs back in the next inning when Harold Castro hit a 2-out solo home run to make it a 5-2 ballgame.
Ben Lively only got through four innings on the day as he struggled to find consistency with the strikezone as he walked a career high four batters in the game. Alex Young took over for Cincinnati to begin the 5th inning. He gave up a single to lead off the inning but picked up a grounder that turned into a double play and followed up with a strikeout to get through the inning unscathed.
Elly De La Cruz got things started for the Reds in the bottom of the 5th with a hard comebacker off of pitcher Peter Lambert’s leg that he beat out for an infield single, but the throw got by the first baseman and De La Cruz took second. An attempted pick off throw followed and went to center and De La Cruz took third. Jake Fraley then doubled down the line to make it 6-2. Another pick off attempt went into the outfield and Fraley scored from second base on the play as Cincinnati extended the lead to 7-2.
Fernando Cruz pitched a shutout 6th inning for the Reds to keep their 5-run lead. Will Benson gave the team more breathing room when he led off the bottom of the inning with his second homer of the season. Daniel Duarte then took over on the mound for Cincinnati in the 7th and he needed just nine pitches – all strikes – to retire the Rockies in order.
Casey Legumina entered the game in the 8th inning and he ran into trouble immediately. He gave up a double to start the inning and then a 1-out walk to Elias Diaz before a 3-run homer with two outs by Jorge Alfaro pulled the Rockies to within three runs. He then walked Harold Castro on four pitches and that led to a visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Whatever he said got the job done as he got Brenton Doyle out on the softest of liners you’ll ever see (39.8 MPH exit velo).
Still holding an 8-5 lead, the Cincinnati Reds sent Alexis Diaz to the mound to try and pick up the save. Things got a bit shaky after a bloop single with one out was followed up by a double from Nolan Jones made it an 8-6 game. Diaz then walked Ryan McMahon before getting a visit from Derek Johnson. A strikeout of Elias Diaz followed. After getting ahead of Mike Moustakas 0-2, Diaz walked him to load the bases. Jorge Alfaro, who homered earlier in the night, came up empty on three pitches and struck out to end the game. 10 wins in a row for the Reds as they escaped with yet another victory.
Key Moment of the Game
Alexis Diaz stranding the bases (that he) loaded in the top of the 9th in a 2-run game.
Notes Worth Noting
TJ Friedl picked up four hits – including a homer. He’s now hitting .322/.379/.492 on the season through 51 games.
Elly De La Cruz had three hits on the night – including a homer. He’s now hitting .308/.379/.519 on the season.
It wasn’t an easy one, but Alexis Diaz picked up his 20th save in 20 opportunities.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Colorado Rockies vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday June 21st, 12:35pm ET
Connor Seabold (1-3, 5.88 ERA) vs Andrew Abbott (3-0, 0.00 ERA)