17 run blowout puts Rockies back on track

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After a disappointing loss to Cincinnati on Monday, the Rockies came back to slug their way to a 17-4 win. Behind seven home runs (tying the franchise record) and 19 hits, the Rockies scattered offense throughout the game and came away with this game handily.

Jon Gray took the hill and with the most run support he’s ever received, he was able to cost to his third win of the year. Gray was not as effective as he probably would’ve liked to have been, but he was good enough to go six innings while allowing three runs. He struggled with his command a bit, walking three batters, while only striking out four, but he was good enough (most pitchers would’ve been good enough on Tuesday) to earn the win.

The real story of the night was clearly not the Rockies pitching or the Reds offense, it was the Reds pitching and the Rockies offense. Making a spot start, Jon Moscot took the hill but was eliminated quickly. Moscot lasted only 2 innings while giving up 8 hits and 7 runs. He allowed four home runs in those two innings, coming from the bats of Blackmon, Arenado, LeMahieu, and Cargo, his fourth in home run in four straight games.

The Rockies would not slow down after their seven runs scored in the first two innings and would go on to smash every bullpen pitcher the Reds threw out there. Daniel Wright came on and in his 3.1 innings pitched, he gave up four runs off of two home runs. A home run from Parra and Nolan’s second bomb of the game, leaving the park in nearly the exact same place down the left field line. The offense was firing on all cylinders in this game and the Reds never stood a chance.

Every player in the lineup had a hit except Gray and Trevor Story and every hitter had at least two hits besides Story and Descalso. Every player besides Story had a run scored and an RBI in the game as well. It is too bad Story wasn’t able to join the slugfest, but he should make up for it on Wednesday night.

Cargo, LeMahieu, and Parra were all a triple short of the cycle, but the seven home runs and 19 hits were plenty of offense for the Rockies. Charlie Blackmon had his first two home run game of the year, one a leadoff homer and another a grand slam in the seventh. It was a terrific game for the Rockies and is good for them also as they hurt the Reds bullpen with two games left in the series, but the Rockies need to stay focused and go out and win these final two games.

Tyler Chatwood takes the mound on Wednesday night and he will look to build off of some solid outings recently. He still sports the best ERA for the Rockies and the best win-loss record, but the Reds offense is still potent and needs to be respected as an offense that can put some runs up, especially in Coors Field.

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