The Colorado Rockies (23-16) snapped a two-game skid Saturday night thanks to some good pitching and hitting. They would go on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 11-2.
Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson would start the game off with back-to-back solo home runs to give the Rockies the early 2-0 lead in the first. In the bottom half of the first, Reds first baseman Joey Votto would pick up where he left off the night before as he clubbed a solo home run to left to reduce the lead to one — but it would be all Rockies from that point on.
The Rockies looked to have something going in the top half of the third as Corey Dickerson started off the inning with a double to deep center. Troy Tulowitzki would surprise us all, dropping down a drag bunt as he reached on an infield single moving Dickerson to third. Carlos Gonzalez however would ground into a 6-3 double play as Dickerson scored, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Colorado continued to hit off of Reds starter Alfredo Simon who came into the game 4-1 on the season with a 1.99 ERA. Later on in the third, Nolan Arenado would double to right-center. Justin Morneau would follow-up Arenado’s at-bat with a two-run home run to center as it was 5-1 Rockies. Simon would be done after three innings, giving up eight hits, five runs, five earned — ERA inflated up to 2.89.
Nick Christiani would come into replace Simon in the fourth and he too would get a taste of the Rockies potent offense. After walking LeMahieu (who would end up stealing second base), Charlie Blackmon would hit an RBI double to right, plating DJ. Corey Dickerson would follow-up with an RBI double of his own, trading places with Blackmon as the Rockies took the 7-1 lead.
The Rockies would hit back-to-back home runs for the second time in the six inning as Corey Dickerson clubbed his second of the game followed by Troy Tulowitzki who collected his 11th of the season as the lead was 10-1 Colorado. Cincinnati would scratch a run in the bottom half of the sixth as Ryan Ludwick plated Brandon Phillips on a single to center.
Jordan Lyles was brilliant yet again for the Rockies, collecting his fifth win of the season; 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. He would pitch six strong innings, giving up just four hits, two runs, two earned, four walks while striking out eight. Those eight strikeouts were the most by a Rockies pitcher this season.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Charlie Blackmon: 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI.
- Corey Dickerson: 4-for-5, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI.
- Troy Tulowitzki: 2-for-4, HR.
- Nolan Arenado: 2-for-5, 2 2B.
- Justin Morneau: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI.
- Jordan Lyles (W, 5-0): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO. 103 pitches, 54 strikes.
- Nick Masset: 1.0 IP, 0 H.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 1 SO.
- Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 1 H.
The Colorado Rockies (23-16) defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 11-2. They go for the series win tomorrow afternoon as Juan Nicasio (4-1, 3.89 ERA) takes the hill against Reds starter Homer Bailey (2-2, 5.36 ERA). First-pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET, 11:10 PM MT.