Photo Credits – Aaron Doster
Going into the sixth, the game was at a close score of 2-1 with the Rockies leading. Up to this point, neither team had broken out and Colorado hadn’t scored since the first. All that would change in the sixth, and quickly, against Lisalverto Bonilla.
After a sac fly and strike out earlier in the game, Cargo was looking for a hit. He would get one with a single up the middle and it would start a string of productive at-bats that would only end when Cargo came up in the inning again to strike out. That was inconsequential as the Rockies would score eight times in the inning with two home runs and eight hits. Alexi Amarista would hit his second home run of the year, one of four hits for the “little ninja” and Nolan Arenado would crush his 11th homer.
The Rockies would exit the inning with a 10-1 lead and the oh-so reliable Jordan Lyles would come on (sarcasm). Tyler Anderson would exit after the sixth inning with a quality start under his belt, but no lead is safe with the worst bullpen pitcher on the roster coming into the game. Lyles would only go two innings while allowing four runs and four hits. His ERA is now a whipping 8.53 and his ERA+ is now the lowest it has ever been at 61. Lyles is not long for the big league club and the Rockies will only be better off for it.
While the Reds would finish with six runs, it was nothing close to the Rockies twelve and gave Colorado another series opening win. They take a lot of confidence into every series it seems, especially on the road, and after the win on Friday they hold the NL’s best winning percentage and most wins. Only the Houston Astros have more wins on the year, but the Rockies are close on their tail.
Colorado sends their rookie duo out for the final two games of the series as they eye a sweep over the weekend. They have yet to sweep a team this year, but they have been close plenty of times and this may finally be the series where they get it.