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Rockies’ offense a no-show — again — in 6-0 loss to Reds


One might be tempted to chalk up the Rockies’ 6-0 loss to the Reds Monday night to the infamous “Coors Field Hangover.”

That is, coming off a seven-game homestand at altitude, Rockies hitters struggled to adjust to pitching at hot and humid Great American Ball Park. The gigantic hole in that tired theory is that the Rockies were beaten 10-1 by Kansas City on Sunday at Coors.

Whatever the case, the Rockies were shut out for the 10th time this season and managed just four hits, two of them from first-time All-Star Ryan McMahon.

Reds lefty Andrew Abbott allowed three hits over seven innings, struck out eight and walked two. He generated 19 swings and misses and had the Rockies on their heels all night.

Rockies shortstop Ezequiel Tovar is mired in the worst slump of his career. He went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 26 at-bats. His slump includes 11 strikeouts.

Colorado has lost seven consecutive games to the Reds and has dropped 11 of 12 at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati turned a close game into a cruiser with a four-run eighth off reliever Tyler Kinley, sending nine hitters to the plate.

Reds right fielder Rece Hinds, making his major league debut, led off with a 449-foot homer into the second deck in left. Speedy shortstop Elly De La Cruz, a first-time All-Star, doubled home Will Benson and took third when Kinley’s pickoff attempt sailed into center field. Cruz scored on Jeimer Candelario’s comebacker to the mound, sliding under catcher Elias Diaz’s tag.

Candelario came around to score on singles by Tyler Stephenson and Santiago Espinal. Kinley, who has been pitching well, gave up all four runs (two earned) in two-thirds of an inning as his ERA rose to 7.78.

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Rockies right-hander Ryan Feltner pitched a solid game, though one casual moment that cost him.

In Cincinnati’s two-run fourth inning, with Candelario perched on third, Diaz made a slightly high throw to the mound. The ball glanced off Feltner’s glove, and Candelario, making a heads-up play, scored easily to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead. Diaz was charged with the error but the mistake was Feltner’s.

De La Cruz had opened the fourth with a single off Feltner and took third on Candelario’ single. Cruz scored on Stephenson’s groundball double play.

Feltner pitched seven innings and gave up just four hits. He struck out six and walked three.

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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