How many times has RISP played into this seasons games? Well, tonights affair is no different. However, with the Rockies RISP number of 1 for 9, the discussion thankfully is focused on how in the world did the Rockies put up a 12 spot on the Reds?
The answer lies squarely on the bats of CarGo, Tulo and Helton.
Those three combined for six home runs and 11 of the 12 RBI’s! Wow! Plus, of the 20 hits on the night, the same three put up 1/2 of them.
The rest of the starters got into the hit parade as well with Arenado putting up four hits, Cuddy putting up two and even Garland got into the mix with two. The only starters without hits on the night would be EYj (0-5) and Rosario (0-5).
On the other side of the equation was the pitching. With many calling for Garlands keys to the kingdom, he possibly could have been pitching for his starters job. Thankfully, for him as well as for the team, he calmed down and put up a nice five innings.
That’s right, five innings.
Sure, he went six innings, but the first was anything but nice. Of the five hits and four runs on the night for the Reds, three hits and all four runs came in the first inning.
And then he settled down.
Five innings later he hadn’t given up another hit and left the game with a five run lead. He was replaced by Lopez for one (0 hits, 1 BB) and Ottavino for the last two (1 hit, 2 K’s).
So, the 1 for 9 with RISP didn’t tell the story tonight. The story hinged on Cargo’s MLB record for the longest HR of the season (476 FT), his other two home runs on the night as well as Tulo’s five hits and two HR’s. If these two heat up at the same time the rest of the NL West might wanna look out. Shoot, the rest of the MLB as well.