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Each team managed a six run inning on Saturday, but it would be the Reds who would strike last and get the big runs late to win Saturday’s game. Senzatela was not his typical self, attacking the strike zone, getting quick outs, and only managed through five innings while walking four and hitting a batter. He allowed four runs on the day and had what was his worst start of the year, but he still pitched well enough to give the Rockies a chance.
Unfortunately for Senzatela and the Rockies, the bullpen was not very effective as they gave up eight runs in only three innings. Qualls, Dunn, and Oberg all had rough outings that made an 8-3 Rockies lead turn into a 12-8 eventual loss.
The Reds had only one more hit than the Rockies, 12 to 11, but they got the more timely hits and they were also taking advantage of freebies with their eight total walks on the day. It certainly wasn’t a bad day offensively for either team, but the bullpens are where this one was decided.
The Reds bullpen was largely saved by Wojciechowski who went 3.2 innings while allowing only one hit and no walks. He killed all the Rockies momentum and allowed the Reds to climb back into the game and take the lead back permanently.
The Colorado bullpen suffered from their worst day since the Nationals series, but there is still hope as the series can still be won on Sunday. The Rockies will need some better pitching, but their offense should be able to continue on as they face Bronson Arroyo.
Kyle Freeland takes the mound for the Rockies and at least six innings is something desperately needed from him. The bullpen has not been great and they have also been overworked, especially in games where the Rockies do not have a lead. Colorado has another series starting on Monday in Philadelphia, so they both want a win for some momentum and some innings to preserve their better arms.