Behind four solo home runs, one of them coming from Kyle Freeland, the Rockies were able to take the series against the Reds, giving them yet another road series win. With a sac fly and single giving the Rockies two more runs, they were able to take a 6-4 win in the rubber match.
While Kyle Freeland was not terrific on the hill, he was at the dish and pitched well enough to keep the Rockies ahead. The Reds did threaten in the sixth with three runs, but they could not do anything once Colorado’s bullpen came in and closed the doors. It was a good day offensively for both teams, but the bad start by Bronson Arroyo put the Reds in too big of a whole to climb out of.
The Rockies got down early with a RBI ground out in the first, but they were able to get a run back plus one more in the third to take a lead they would not give up. A couple singles,a double, and a sac fly would give the Rockies the one run lead and after that they would start using the long ball.
In the fourth inning, Cargo hit his third of the year, a high fly ball down the line. In the fifth inning, Kyle Freeland would hit his first career homer and DJ LeMahieu would follow that up a batter later with his own solo shot. Pat Valaika would cap off the Rockies scoring with a solo home run in the sixth to give the Rockies their sixth run.
The Reds would finally get to Freeland for some runs with hard hit balls in the bottom of the sixth. A triple and two home runs in the inning brought the Reds within two, but after Chris Rusin came on, the Reds would not score again. Rusin and Adam Ottavino kept the Reds off the board through the final 2.2 innings and Bud Black was able to hand the ball off to his impeccable closer.
Greg Holland walked Devin Mesoraco to start the inning, but he would not advance as Holland finished the Reds off with two strike outs and a fly out. It would be Holland’s 19th save on the year and the Rockies league high 28th win.
Colorado now heads off to Philadelphia for a four game set in what is another chance for them to win a series. Philadelphia has been performing as expected thus far and the series is a great chance for the Rockies to take three of four against the Phils.