Yesterday Franklin Morales’ wife went into labor and he was excused from starting the game. That meant the game was started and pitched by a bullpen committee. Belisle started and went three innings giving up the first run. Nick Massett went two innings and gave up a run. Rex Brothers and Juan Nicasio each went one inning without giving up a run. Boone Logan got the first two outs of the eighth inning and Zero got the third out. Then he gave up a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth giving Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 victory yesterday. Colorado missed out on a key opportunity to score a late go-ahead run when they had the bases loaded with just one out. But as can be expected, Charlie Culberson and D.J. LeMahieu each struck out to end the rally.
Aroldis Chapman came on in the ninth inning firing 100-plus heaters. Culberson drew a one-out walk and pinch hitter Fort McKenry gave the home team a split second hope of scoring the game tying run when he lined a shot just inside of the first base bag but it was snared by the first baseman and Culberson was doubled up. Had the ball gone into the outfield corner it might have been a tie game. Anyhow the fans have to tip their hats to the work performed by the bullpen yesterday giving up just three runs total. The only reason Colorado lost was the fact that winner Johnny Cueto, a top three candidate for this year’s Cy Young award, was pitching.
Tonight, with Cincinnati’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey going on the DL, they called up Dylan Axelrod to make his season debut. Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.70) will be the opposing pitcher. Money has been activated for tonight’s game and he will start in right field batting second. Frequent bus rider Brooks Brown was recalled to provide bullpen help. Brett Anderson was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Brown. Ben Paulsen was optioned to Colorado Springs to enable Money to be activated.
Saturday 8/16, 6:10 PM MDT at Coors Field
Radio: CIN: WLW 700, Reds Radio Network COL: KOA 850, KNRV 1150
TV: CIN: FS-O, MLBN COL: ROOT SPORTS, MLBN