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After a long and difficult road trip, the Rockies came back home to earn a win against the Reds. Behind Jeff Hoffman’s seven quality innings and Raimel Tapia’s three hit night, Colorado won by a score of 5-3 and (hopefully) got back on the right track. Colorado had ten hits on the afternoon, but if you eliminate Tapia, LeMahieu, and the pitcher Hoffman, they only had two.
Relying on a few players is not always a bad thing, especially when they can drive in runs or get into scoring position easily and that is what happened on Monday. Raimel was a single short of the cycle, hitting a solo shot and scoring on his triple. Hoffman helped himself to tie the game up after Tapia’s triple. Both batters ahead of him failed to drive in Tapia, though he may have had a chance to score on Tony Wolter’s fly ball, a ball that Tapia failed to tag up on.
The Rockies would score another run in the third to take the lead after a couple of singles to start the inning. Two groundouts following the singles gave LeMahieu the chance to score and put the Rockies up 2-1. Tapia would double with two outs, one of the ground rule variety, which more than likely kept another run from scoring in the inning.
After a Blackmon home run that put Colorado up by two runs, the Reds came back in the sixth to tie the game up. Scooter Gennett led the inning off with a bomb and Joey Votto followed that up with a solo homer of his own, one that came on a 3-0 count.
That was really Hoffman’s only bad inning as the other two hits that came against him were singles. The defense was solid behind Hoffman as well as they turned two double plays. Mark Reynolds also saved more than a couple of errors with terrific scoops at first. Solid defense wins ballgames and when the Rockies play good defense they can get the pitcher out of jams.
Greg Holland finished off the ninth inning for yet another save this year. The Rockies will try and keep the winning with Kyle Freeland on the mound as he faces Homer Bailey. The Rockies would really love to start a little winning streak before the break and the Reds are the perfect team to do it against.