The Rockies brought in reliever Jason Motte on a two-year, $10 million deal this offseason to protect leads late in games. After starting the year on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, it shouldn’t be long until Motte moves into a setup role.
The Rockies homered a record-tying seven times — including Carlos Gonzalez for a fourth straight game and two apiece from Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon — to beat the Reds, 17-4, on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
Charlie Blackmon’s first-inning leadoff homer touched off a night during which the Rockies tied their franchise record and set a record at home by hitting seven homers in Tuesday’s 17-4 thrashing of the Reds at Coors Field.
DJ LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra, and Carlos Gonzalez all fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the Rockies’s 17-4 drubbing of the Reds.
Daniel Descalso didn’t join the Rockies until 35 games into the season, but he has made his presence known since his arrival.
The Reds and Rockies will meet in the second game of their four-game set Tuesday for the teams’ first night games in four days. Cincinnati righty Jon Moscot makes his return from the disabled list and will oppose Colorado righty Jon Gray at Coors Field.
The Reds hit five home runs, led by Adam Duvall’s first two-homer game, and outslugged the Rockies, 11-8, in the series opener Monday at Coors Field.
As one of the Rockies’ top left-handed hitters, center fielder Charlie Blackmon knows he will often face tough left-handed specialists late in games. Historically, these relievers have given Blackmon trouble, as it can be difficult to pick up the pitches of relievers like the Giants’ Javier Lopez.
Because the Rockies trust him to protect late leads, rookie right-handed relief pitcher Carlos Estevez lives on the highlight reel. On Saturday, the highlight belonged to the Giants’ Buster Posey, but Estevez won the previous two confrontations with Posey and has more than held his own against the game’s toughest hitters in the biggest situations.
Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa doesn’t yet know what to make of being a reliever. But judging by the way his first outing in seven years went, maybe it’s better that way.
The Rockies honored several branches of the military on Memorial Day during pregame ceremonies at Coors Field on Monday.