The Rockies lost to the Reds Tuesday night 4-3 as they got down early and couldn’t climb back into the game. Rookie pitcher Robert Stephenson shut the Rockies down through 7 innings allowing only three hits and one run. Stephenson commanded his fastball and kept it down in the zone, causing a lot of soft ground balls off the Rockies bats.
De La Rosa on the other hand struggled through two innings and just couldn’t keep the Reds out of it. He struggled through the second inning where he gave up four runs, but the big story of the inning was the Reds running wild. De La could not keep the Reds from stealing bases and they ended up stealing five bases in the inning. De La was focusing too much on the batter and not enough on holding runners close and the runners took full advantage of this. Four different players stole a base with Jay Bruce stealing two in the inning. The four runs De La gave up were all that the Reds were able to score, but it was just enough to give them the win.
The Rockies did score a run early when Ben Paulsen singled in Mark Reynolds, but from there they struggled to get anything going. The ninth inning came around and the Rockies were down 4-1. With two out, Gerrardo Parra reached based on a single. Reynolds then stepped to the plate and was able to belt a ball to center for his first home run as a Rockie. It was too little, too late though and the Rockies couldn’t score another run to tie the game up.
De La did have a rough start and he gave up all four runs against the Reds, but the bullpen was fantastic as they came in and pitched 6 scoreless inning while allowing only two hits. Chris Rusin came in as the long man for De La and started the bullpen out with four spectacular innings. Justin Miller, David Hale, and Jason Gurka finished off the last two innings. If not for De La Rosa’s poor start, this game could’ve easily been won. The good thing is even though the Rockies lost, they got good pitching out of their bullpen that kept them in the game. It is not good to rely on the bullpen, but every now and then your starters are going to falter and the bullpen needs to step up. This was one of those game.
The Rockies will look to win the series Wednesday afternoon with Chad Bettis on the mound. Bettis has been great early in the season and keeping that up will be the key to a Rockies win.