|Colorado Rockies (23-17)
|Cincinnati Reds (17-19)
|W: H. Bailey (3-2) L: J. Nicasio (4-2) S: A. Chapman (1)|
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Billy Hamilton’s knothole triple in the first should once again remind everyone why his middling AVG and poor OBP do not tell the whole story.
Kudos to Skip Schumaker for a key, two out, two strike hit in the 3rd that plated the Reds second run.
Todd Frazier continues to hit (HR, his 7th) and hit with power. Frazier is now working on an 11 game hitting streak. When Todd doesn’t “chase,” he’s capable of being a key part of this offense.
Homer Bailey’s line: 7.1, 1R, 4H, 6K, 2BB. Against a Rockies team that wails on the ball—and pitching in Great American Small Park—that’s pretty darn good, ya’ll.
Manny Parra came on in the 8th and was dominant against the two hitters he faced.
Aroldis Chapman … more on that below.
Brandson Phillips, Joey Votto, and Ryan Ludwick all went hitless today.
You mean, besides Charlie Blackmon’s homeless man beard?
Not so random thoughts …
Homer Bailey talked about the groin injury in the spring keeping him from working out and leaving him weakened, specifically in the legs. Now that we’re a few weeks into the season, it’s looking like Homer is getting some better leg drive into his delivery. The 97 mph fastball at the knees that sent Tulowitzki back to the dugout looking in the 6th seemed to say as much.
You might not like seeing Ramon Santiago in the lineup, but if you believe a 25 man roster is important, you need to play these guys occasionally to keep them sharp. You have to let them know they are a valuable part of the club. When you do that, as Price did today, you sometimes get rewarded with a couple of hits (Santiago) and a Rockies runner gunned down at 2nd (Barnhart).
Nice hustling and heads-up slide by Brandon Phillips at first base on the high throw that scored the 4th run.
What a greeting for Aroldis Chapman by the fans at GABP as the bullpen gates swung open in the top of the 9th. As, Chapman waited on the bump after his warm-up pitches, Barnhart stood up and motioned to the crowd, as if to say, “let’s hear it once more.”
Chapman let the Rockies hear it, if not see it. His first pitch to Tulowitzki was 100 mph. The pitch to strike out Gonzalez was 102. In fact, only 5 pitches in Chapman’s 21 pitch afternoon that saw him walk one, then strike out the side, failed to touch triple digits.
The Daily Billy: Oh, and Billy the Kid tripled in the 7th.
My Knob Creek Player of the Game: The Missile. Who else?
The Reds take the series from a very, very good hitting Rockies team.
That’s all I got.