Two games in, two games down in Colorado.
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jonathan India popped a 451 foot homer over the wall in CF at Coors Field on Friday evening, his second homer in as many nights against the Colorado Rockies. The young Cincinnati Reds 2B added a double to his nightly tally, too, and after a bit of a lull in his production following his brilliant start to the 2021 season, he again looks like he’s plenty capable of being a threat at the plate.
Unfortunately, the pitching.
- Wade Miley’s string of no-hit innings came to an abrupt end in this one, as the second pitch of the game he threw was turned around for a Garrett Hampson triple. Hampson then scored on an errant pick-off attempt, and the Reds were down early, 1-0.
- The Reds might have run themselves out of yet another big inning in the Top of the 3rd, as Jonathan India was thrown out at 3B attempting to steal after a leadoff double, for whatever reason. Anyway, Miley later walked and moved to 3B on a Tyler Naquin double, and Miley scored on a productive groundout by Jesse Winker to level the score. Moose then doinked a dribbler to 3B that Josh Fuentes threw away, a single/error that allowed Naquin to score, and the Reds held a 2-1 lead.
- Miley walked the leadoff man in the Bottom of the 3rd immediately after being given the lead, and unsurprisingly haunted. Four consecutive singles eventually followed, and after an error on a bunt and an actual bunt single afterwards – yes, back to back bunts – the Reds were somehow down 5-2.
- I dunno. It was 8-2 in the Bottom of the 4th with Miley to the showers and Heath Hembree on the mound. Never pitch at Coors, kids.
- India bonked his 2-run dinger in the Top of the 7th after a Shogo Akiyama single, and that brought the Reds to just an 8-4 deficit.
- Hampson carved out another run for the Rockies in the Bottom of the 7th, however. It was a 450+ foot carve, a solo blast off Sean Doolittle to put Colorado ahead, 9-4.
- The Reds punched back via Eugenio Suarez in the Top of the 8th, however, as the Reds 3B bonked a 2-run dinger down the LF line after Tyler Stephenson was hit by a pitch. That made it 9-6 Rockies, which is unfortunately how this one wrapped.
- Joey Votto is out, Nick Senzel did not play, Nick Castellanos had the day off, and Mike Moustakas again left early, presumably due to the same issues that sent him to the sidelines early yesterday, too. Beer me again.
- Wade Miley was officially bonked for 11 hits and 8 ER in just 3+ IP, quite the rebuttal from his previous no-hit outing. Never pitch at Coors, kids.
- Saturday’s matchup will feature Tyler Mahle again on the bump for the Reds. He’ll be opposed by the indefatigable Jhoulys Chacin, who’ll go for the Rockies despite being 77 years old. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET, not 8:40 PM ET like the last two, so plan accordingly.