Reds 9, Rockies 7 (boxscore)
I think the headline alone would be a sufficient enough recap, but I'll touch on a few things anyway because I love sharing my Rockies misery with all of you.
What Went Wrong: Well, the good news is all of the Reds home runs were solo. The bad news is they hit five of them. I don't care which ballpark you're in or what lineup you're facing, five is too many.
Christian Friedrich's Line: 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR, 55 pitches (32 strikes)
The three homers Friedrich allowed were all crushed. No cheapies at all. But those all came in the first three innings. The Reds then dinked and dunked him in the 5th (walk, three singles) and Jim Tracy had no patience for it, pulling him at only 55 pitches. Josh Roenicke then poured gasoline on Friedrich's ERA by allowing a two-run double to Brandon Phillips.
I still have no idea how to evaluate our young pitchers under the current pitching system, so this was just another "meh" outing in my eyes. Hopefully Jhoulys Chacin can return after his impending four-start rehab assignment on time and the Rockies will be ready to operate like a major league organization again so we can evaluate them as such.
Turning Point: The Rockies struck for three in the 1st, giving Friedrich a pretty nice cushion to work with. He then immediately gave up 2nd inning home runs to Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier.
I think we all realized where the game was headed at that point. Including Dan O'Dowd.
Screengrab of the Game
What's Next: Game 100! Only 62 more train wrecks to go after Sunday!
Jonathan Sanchez (1-7, 8.01) vs. Mat Latos (8-3, 4:30)... 1:10.
Final Thoughts: For the second night in a row, Jordan Pacheco ripped a single off Aroldis Chapman in the 9th inning. Dude can flat hit. The Rockies also received a three-hit game from Josh Rutledge in his debut hitting second and three hits from D.J. LeMahieu. So there were definitely positives (hey, they scored seven runs, too) but certainly not enough to beat the red hot Reds.