Despite Colorado’s Sunday lineup, they held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 to win another series. The big blow came when D.J. LeMahieu had a 2-run double in the fifth inning to chase Mike Leake. They added two more in the inning to make it a 6-2 score. Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers each gave up a run sandwiched around Money’s solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 final.
After the Rockies jumped ahead 2-0, starter Tyler Chatwood made a boneheaded attempt to catch a liner off Leake leading off the second inning spraining his thumb. After stubbornly convincing the training staff that he was ok, he promptly gave up a game-tying homer to Shin-Soo Choo. Then he put the next two batters on via walks. Manager Walt Weiss said that was enough and called Zero to put out the fire with two on and no outs. Boy did he ever by going three innings without giving up a run. Wilton Lopez followed by giving up three hits in 2/3 inning pitched in the 6th inning. Josh Outman did his job getting the third out and throwing another inning to get the ball to the Belisle/Brothers combo. All of the Rockies pitchers made the pitches at the critical junctures of the game. The Reds banged out 15 hits but only pushed four across the plate. Nolan Arenado made a couple of inning-ending plays to aid the pitchers.
It was a good day for Todd Helton to get his 2,500th hit when he lined a double down the left field line. He uncharacteristically doffed his helmet and thanked the crowd of 31,000 fans.
Colorado welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three game series tomorrow at 2:10 pm MT. Arenado and the Dweeb will make their cases for Gold Glove and Rookie of the Year, respectively when they face each other on the field.