|Colorado Rockies (27-16)||12||16||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (19-22)||6||10||0|
|W: Anderson (3-4) L: Bonilla (0-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–I’m going to pretend that some things were good about this miserable game:
–Eugenio Suarez was 3-4 with a home run (his 8th of the season), a double, and two runs scored. Suarez is hitting .302/.373/.544. That’ll do, Geno. That’ll do.
–Billy Hamilton had two hits, including a triple (and he scored on a throwing error on that play; a Little League home run).
–Jose Peraza hit a two-run home run.
–Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias pitched scoreless innings. Because they’re good.
–Let’s begin with Lisalverto Bonilla. I like Bonilla. No, really, I do. He has a great changeup, and I think he could be a legitimate 5th starter under certain circumstances.
Tonight, Bonilla gave up two runs in the first, almost as soon as the game began. The first four Colorado hitters reached base: double, HBP, single, single. After that, he settled down, tossed four scoreless innings, and the Suarez home run had cut the Rockies lead to 2-1. Reds are in the game, right?
Not so fast, my friend. In the top of the sixth, Colorado hammered Bonilla like he was a Little League pitcher. Single. Double. Home run. Single. Sac bunt…and Bonilla’s night was done. The final line: 5.1 innings pitched, six runs allowed on eight hits and three walks. A decent outing turned into a disastrous outing almost as quickly as you can say “Reds starters need to get healthy, pronto.
–I like Wandy Peralta. No, really, I do. He’s had a great season, and I’m not down on him because of his outing tonight. But, he relieved for Bonilla and…single, double, homer, single, K, wild pitch, walk, single, walk. Final line: four runs allowed on five hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Bumped his formerly-great ERA up to 3.06. (Peralta’s ERA coming into the game was 1.06.)
When the dust settled on the eighth inning, the Rockies had scored 8 runs and the game was over.
–Austin Brice allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in the ninth inning. Not that it mattered at that point.
–Seven losses in a row. This is not good, friends and neighbors.
–Last time the Reds lost 7 in a row? Last May, which was an awful month.