Jordan Lyles was terrific on Monday night against the Reds as he went 7 innings while giving up no earned runs (one unearned run). The offense for the Rockies came alive in the eighth inning for four runs and gave the Rockies a 5-1 win.
The game was relatively offense free for most of the game. Jordan Lyles allowed only four hits while striking out four and giving up one walk (intentional) and Dan Straily went five innings in his spot start. Straily gave up only two hits in his five innings, but a run did score in the second.
The second started with a Nolan Arenado single followed by a Ben Paulsen walk. Brandon Barnes then put down a sac bunt to move the runners into scoring position. With Cristhian Adames at the plate, he grounded out to shortstop and Arenado scored the first run of the game. That would put the Rockies ahead 1-0 and another run wouldn’t score until the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Lyles got pinch-hitter Tyler Holt to ground out. Billy Hamilton was up next and he tried to lay down a bunt for a base hit, but he got the ball to third baseman and any Rockies fan knows that hitting the ball to Arenado is not the right place to hit it if you want to get on. Arenado charged and made a perfect throw to first to get Hamilton by a couple of steps. With two out and nobody on, Zack Cozart singled to left, then ex-Rockie Jordan Pacheco ripped a double into left. On the throw in, Trevor Story couldn’t pick up the tough hop and the ball got away allowing Cozart to score. The inning would end two batters later when Brandon Phillips grounded out.
The eighth inning would come around and the game was tied at 1-1. The first two batters of the inning struck out and Trevor Story walked to the plate. On the first pitch from Ross Ohlendorf, Story drove the ball to deep center for his eighth home run of the year. In thirteen games, Story is the fastest player to eight home runs in history. A single and a walk, by Carlos Gonzalez and Arenado respectively, would put two on for Ben Paulsen. Paulsen would give the Rockies some insurance as he scorched a ball to center for a three run shot.
The Rockies bullpen could then close out the game. Chad Qualls came on and pithced two thirds of an inning of perfect ball and Boone Logan finished the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit or walk. The game was another excellent pitching performance all around from the Rockies and it gave them a good win on the road. With the current pitching performances, the Rockies are showing they can compete. They just need to keep it up and the offense will most always score the runs needed to win a tightly pitched game.
De La Rosa will take on Robert Stephenson on Tuesday night. Stephenson is replacing Alfredo Simon who has bicep tendinitis and has only pitched in one other major league game.
The Rockies 2-5 hitters had all seven hits on Monday night and while you’d like to see the hits scattered around a little bit more, it is good to see the middle of the lineup producing.
In the bottom of the fifth, Jay Bruce launched a ball to left-center that landed at the base of the wall and shot away from outfielders Gerrardo Parra and Brandon Barnes. Parra picked up the ball and launched it in to Nolan Arenado at third. Arenado picked the ball and spun to tag Bruce out. Bruce slid in to the base with his foot over the bag, but before he touched it Arenado applied the tag and Bruce was out. The Reds challenged the play but the call was confirmed. this was perhaps the best opportunity for the Reds had Bruce not been thrown out, but the excellent defense kept him off the base paths.