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Poor pitching sends the Reds out of Colorado on a losing note.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Well, none of the pitchers, that's for damn sure.  On the day the Reds did what they had to do by trading away one of the best pitchers to wear their uniform in recent memory, they demonstrated how valuable pitching can be by getting stomped by the Rockies' bats to the tune of a 17-7 loss.

Jay Bruce had a nice day at the plate, though.  Bruce had three hits, including a double and a home run, and drove in four runs while scoring three, which is good enough to earn him star of the game honors.  Honorable mention goes to Eugenio Suarez, for his three hits, one walk and one run scored day, and to Joey Votto, who walked three times in four plate appearances and scored twice.

Key Plays

  • In the bottom of the first inning, Michael Lorenzen walked D.J. LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez back to back, and with two outs, Ben Paulson tripled to left center to score both baserunners.  Rockies lead 2-0.
  • The Reds got a run back in the top of the second inning, as Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart each singled, and then a Lorenzen single drove Suarez home, all with two outs.  Rockies still up, 2-1.
  • An inning later, the Reds took the lead as Joey Votto and Todd Frazier walked back to back, and then Jay Bruce homered off the right field foul pole to give the Reds a 4-2 lead.
  • In the bottom of the third, the wheels fell of the bus.  Two singles, a double, a triple and back to back homers by Nolan Arenado and Paulson scored five runs, ran Lorenzen from the game, and gave the Rockies a 7-4 lead
  • But the inning wasn't over.  Still in the same inning with Dylan Axelrod pitching, the Rockies added another run on a bunt by Kyle Kendrick that Barnhart dropped, and then scored two more runs on a LeMahieu double.  Carlos Gonzalez followed that up with yet another homer to put the Rockes up 12-4.
  • In the fourth inning, Paulson homered again off Axelrod.  The best that can be said is that it was a solo home run.  Rockies up 13-4.
  • Votto walked again in the fifth, then scored on a Bruce double that Brandon Barnes misplayed somewhat.  Suarez then drove Bruce home with a single to right.  Rockies up 13-6.
  • The Rockies pushed their lead back to double digits after a Blackmon walk, a LeMahieu single and a 3 run Gonzalez home run put the lead at 16-6 in the fifth.
  • Former Red Drew Stubbs led off the sixth inning with a triple, and scored on Blackmon's sacrifice fly.  Rockies up 17-6.
  • In the top of the ninth, the Reds loaded the bases on back to back singles by Brayan Pena and Suarez, and a walk to Barnhart.  Pena scored on a Jason Bourgeois groundout, and a Billy Hamilton pop out later, the Rockies won by a final score of 17-7.

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Other Notes

  • Jay Bruce's third inning home run was the 198th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for ninth on the all time Reds home run list.
  • 13 Rockies batted in the Colorado fourth, scoring ten runs.  The inning included one walk, two singles, two doubles, a triple and three home runs. 

  • For his second straight start, Michael Lorenzen wore Johnny Cueto's glove in this game.
  • Tunes: Vaya con Dios, Johnny.  Go get you some.