The Short Version: Reds jump out to an early lead thanks to Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett, but it is short-lived as the Rockies win going away.
|Cincinnati Reds (19-35)||2||9||0|
|Colorado Rockies (28-25)||8||14||0|
|W: Marquez (4-5) L: Harvey (1-3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–After going 5 for 5 yesterday, the legend Scooter Gennett doubled and singled in his first two at-bats today. That was seven straight hits at that point, but that’s when the slump began: Scooter struck out twice in his final two plate appearances.
–Joey Votto singled, doubled, walked, and scored a run in the first inning. Jose Peraza was 2-4. Jesse Winker walked twice in the leadoff spot.
–Jackson Stephens struck out two in a perfect inning of relief.
–Going to have to put this one in the bad column, as it was Matt Harvey’s first loss with Cincinnati. Harvey allowed three runs in the bottom of the first — on one of the longest home runs you’re ever likely to see, from Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. The Reds never really competed after that, but he actually settled down nicely. Harvey’s final line: 5.1 IP, 4 runs allowed on 9 hits and 2 walks, 4 strikeouts.
–They were down 8-2 in the eighth inning, but the Reds had an opportunity to get back into the game. Winker led off the frame with a walk. Tucker Barnhart followed with a single, and Votto walked to load bases with no outs. The Reds were in business, right?
Not quite. Gennett struck out swinging and Eugenio Suarez grounded into a double play. Inning over.
–L-W-L-W-L-W-L. One after the other. Maybe the Reds are a perfectly .500 team at this point.
–The last Reds player to collect hits in seven consecutive at bats was the immortal Arismendy Alcantara last season.
–Not much else to say about this one. The Reds head out to Arizona next for a three game series that begins tomorrow afternoon. Homer Bailey will pitch for the good guys.
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