Reds 7, Rockies 5 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: Too many solo home runs. It's weird to say that, but the Rockies only had five hits today and every last one of them was a solo homer. The homers themselves are always good to see, don't get me wrong, but it wouldn't hurt to mix it up a little bit on this homestand.
Turning Point: You'd have to say Brandon Phillips' three-run home in the 3rd. It was the only non-solo roundtripper in the game, and as you can see from the score, the two extra runs made the difference.
Jamie Moyer's Line: 5 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 HR, 79 pitches (49 strikes)
As we've said several times over the weekend, the Great American Ballpark is a pitcher's worst nightmare. Today that nightmare reached ridiculous levels of absurdity as the teams combined to hit nine home runs. Four of those came off Moyer — including one where Todd Frazier lost the grip of his bat, tossed it 60 feet, didn't finish his swing, and the baseball still traveled 370 feet. I've never seen anything like it.
Given those conditions and circumstances, it's difficult to come down too harshly on Moyer for this specific game, but the fact remains he offers no upside currently, and he's certainly not going to be helping out in 2013. The Rockies will be much better off recalling (and sticking with) Drew Pomeranz ASAP.
Highlights of the Afternoon: Home runs galore.
- Watch Troy Tulowizki's 2nd inning homer
- Watch CarGo's rocket in the 4th
- Watch Michael Cuddyer's monster blast in the 5th
- Watch CarGo's second homer
- Watch Dexter Fowler's pinch-hit HR
Screengrab of the Game
|Something or someone is just a bit out of place.|
|Was that really Jeff Huson?|
|Glasses on top of sunglasses? Of course.|
Game 1: Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.83) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.14) at 1:10 MT
Game 2: Alex White (1-3, 5.32) vs. TBD at 7:10 MT
Final Thoughts: Going to be an unusual week here at Heaven & Helton with the doubleheader on Monday. There will be no Lineup Cards tomorrow as I'll be away for most of the day. Check back Monday night or Tuesday for a dual recap. I'll also be out of town for the weekend which means the site will be dark from Friday through Monday. I'll probably throw up some thoughts on the series with Los Angeles when I get back.