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Rockies outslug Reds to win series opener 5-3

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

When your contributions make up 60% of the team’s offense for the evening, you’re winning this award, so congratulations go to Scooter Gennett tonight. Gennett had 3 of the 5 Reds hits on the evening, including his 13th homer of the season, a solo shot in the 6th.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Luis Castillo, who looked impressive yet again in his start, striking out 8 Rockies and keeping his velocity up even at the 100-pitch mark.

Key Plays

  • The Reds took the lead early, as Peraza and Gennett each singled to start the game. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Joey Votto hit a sac fly to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.
  • The Rockies started chipping away, coming up with runs in each of the next 3 innings, including a RBI double by the pitcher and a solo donger by Charlie Blackmon. 3-1 Rox.
  • In the 6th, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto hit back to back solo shots, only the second time all season that’s happened for the Reds. Tie ballgame!
  • Castillo immediately gave up another solo bomb in the bottom of the inning, this time to Raimel Tapia, who ended up 34 the way to a cycle. The Rockies would add another run off a sac fly in the 7th, to take a 5-3 lead.
  • The Reds threatened in the 8th, but Votto hit into a rare double play, and Greg Holland shut the door in the 9th. Ballgame.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds play the Rockies three more times this week. Yipee.
  • Joey Votto hit his 24th dinger of the year, his highest total before the All-Star break in his career. Wonder what the next thing people will complain about will be?
  • Scooter Gennett is one shy of his career HR total for the season, and was 3 shy of his career HR total for a single game.
  • Homer Bailey and his 27.00 ERA takes on Kyle Freeland tomorrow night at 8:10 ET.