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The Reds beat the Rockies on Memorial Day by a final score of 11-8. The Rockies had a brief lead in the third inning, but from there it was all Reds and their offense. Cincinnati slugged five home runs and notched 17 hits on the day as they got to starter Chad Bettis early and often and didn’t slow down on the Rockies bullpen.
The very first pitch of the ballgame would set the tone for the Reds as Zack Cozart took one deep. The Rockies are a team who struggle early in games as they have given up the most first inning home runs. Their pitchers have gotten more aggressive and are walking people less often than in years past, but the opposing teams are wising up to this strategy and swinging earlier in counts.
The Rockies would counter the first pitch home run from Cozart with their own leadoff home run. Charlie Blackmon would take a pitch to start the at-bat, but on the second one he launched a ball to right field that landed in the seats over the Rockies bullpen. It was good to see from Charlie, but the Rockies were going to need much more offense if they were to win this game.
In the third inning, the Rockies would get some more offense and would take a good lead that looked like it would set them on pace for the win. With two outs, Carlos Gonzalez walked to keep the inning alive. Mark Reynolds singled, Gerrardo Parra singled in a run and a Trevor Story walk would load the bases. Taking his first day off of the year was Nolan Arenado and filling in for him was Daniel Descalso. Descalso has been swinging it this year since coming off of the DL. With the bases loaded and after a competitive at bat, Descalso laced a double that would clear the bases. The Rockies would take a 5-1 lead, but it would not last long at all.
The next inning the Reds would get to Bettis and had a big inning of their own. Going from down 5-1, the Reds finished the inning ahead 6-5. Seven hits in the inning and a walk were more than enough for the Reds to take the lead, but they wouldn’t stop there. They would go on to score five more runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning and the Rockies bullpen, already taxed from some short outings by starters, was worked even further.
The Rockies would score three in the ninth, but it was too little, too late and the game would end with the Rockies losing. It is of utmost importance that Tyler Chatwood and Jon Gray pitch at least six innings these next two days. The bullpen is suffering right now and if the Rockies are to stay in the race, they need to get length out of their starters and give their bullpen a break.
There is one good thing that came out of this game and that is that Cargo appears to be starting his hot streak. After an abysmal start to May, Cargo has heated up of late and hit a home run yesterday. Now for Arenado to break out of his slump and this offense will be in full swing.