BY: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
The Reds lost in the first game of their series against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night 9-6, as the Reds look to turn around their momentum in the rest of the series after three straight series losses.
The Rockies got on the board early as center fielder Charlie Blackmon hit an RBI triple and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez got an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a two run home run by catcher Chris Iannetta in the second to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead. The Reds chipped away in the fifth as center fielder Scott Schebler got a solo home run, but the Rockies responded in the sixth as left fielder Gerardo Parra hit an RBI single and starting pitcher Kyle Freeland drew a bases loaded walk. The Rockies then added onto their advantage further in the seventh when Gonzalez smacked a three run homer to make it a 9-1 game. While the Reds were able to get on a run late in the game as catcher Tucker Barnhart hit a two RBI single in the bottom of the inning, followed by a ninth inning that saw right fielder Jesse Winker hit an RBI groundout, second baseman Scooter Gennett hit an RBI single and left fielder Adam Duvall also hit an RBI single, it wouldn’t be enough as the Rockies won it 9-6.
Freeland took the win with six and two-thirds innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and one walk, while Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, making his first start of the season after a long stint on the DL, went five innings allowing four earned runs on six hits and one walk while getting hit with the loss. Rockies reliever Wade Davis earned the save.
“That's a good lineup (DeSclafani’s) facing over there,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “They're going to get you when you're not sharp. And when you haven't been out there in a big league game for a while, you've got a chance to not be sharp his first couple.”
The teams will play once again on Wednesday night.