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Rockies 9, Reds 3: Cincinnati falls on homer-happy Sunday afternoon

Reds pitchers got a little beat up today.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Outfielder Phillip Ervin has inspired both great enthusiasm and great disappointment in his short time in the Reds' organization, but 23 years old hardly makes him an old man, and it seems clear he showed up to spring training wanting to prove he's still got all the goods that made him a first round draft pick in 2013. Ervin went 2-for-2 after taking over for Jake Cave in center field in the sixth inning, with a home run for the second straight game and a single. He's now 7-for-11 to start his spring with two homers. It's a small sample size, sure, but after the disappointing fall league season Ervin just had, any positive sign like this is more than welcome for Reds fans. He's still a top-ten prospect in the organization according to several different sources, so who says he can't finally put it all together in 2016? Have a trophy, Phil.

Honorable mentions go to Alex Blandino, who hit a 2-run homer; Eugenio Suarez, who singled and stole a base; Adam Duvall, who went 1-for-4 with a double; and Jumbo Diaz and Caleb Cotham, who each pitched scoreless innings of relief.

Key Plays

  • Jon Moscot got knocked around quite a bit in the top of the first, allowing singles to three of the first four Rockies he faced. Mark "Rich Man's Adam Duvall" Reynolds got an RBI on the third of those hits, and Ben Paulsen knocked a sacrifice fly to follow. Bad guys up 2-0.
  • Moscot settled in briefly with a pair of K's in a perfect second, but was forced back into the stretch with one out in the third after shortstop Carlton Daal mistook someone sitting in the third row of the bleachers for first baseman Brandon Allen. David Dahl homered in the following AB, and the Rockies led 4-0.
  • Reynolds burned the Reds again in the sixth inning, this time off of Pedro Villareal, and this time in tater form. No-doubt shot to left. 5-0 Rox.

  • Saturday's #Phlervbomb was sweet, but today's #Phlervbomb was sweeter: a homer for the second straight game to lead off the sixth and get the Reds on the board. 5-1, Coors Light mascots.
  • The comeback parade got halted quickly, as Ryan Mattheus came in to pitch the seventh and allowed three runs to score on three hits including a two-run double by Ben Paulsen. Adam Duvall responded by smacking a double to lead off the bottom of the inning, and Alex Blandino immediately followed with a 2-run blast to right center for his first homer of the spring. Reds trail 8-3.
  • The Rockies' Trevor Story saw all those homers and thought it looked p cool, so he went ahead and hit one of his own off Stephen Johnson. The Reds loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but got nothing out of it. Rockies lead 9-3.
  • The ninth was quiet for both sides. Reds lose 9-3.

Ken Gif-y Jr.

Did the Reds win today, Kenny???


Other Notes

  • Tyler Holt made a leaping play at the wall in left field to rob extra bases to start the second inning. I don't have a video of it, but it sounded pretty rad on the radio/on the Rosecrans Twitter feed.
  • Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley once again mused on the radio about Brantley's music tastes, and Brantley said boo to Metallica and yay to Boston. STICK TO SPORTS ICE CREAM, COWBOY.
  • Early in the spring, Alex Blandino looks pretty much just like what he's made out to be: a guy with good strike zone judgement, a quick and compact swing, and a capable defender. He's 2-for-9 at the moment, but whatever, it's a nice-looking swing. I'm gonna be really excited whenever the Reds decide to give him a call-up.
  • There were a lot of extra base hits by Rockies off of Reds pitchers with realistic shots at a starting/bullpen role in the majors and that's worrisome (/Facebook comment rant).
  • Tunes. Quit bein' so lame, Brantley.