While the Rockies are counting on a rookie in the series finale, the Reds counter with 40-year-old veteran Bronson Arroyo, who will make his ninth start of the season and 274th for Cincinnati, which ties Joe Nuxhall for seventh on the franchise list. They lead the National League with 28 wins. By the way, his ERA is 0.96.
But that formula disappeared Saturday when starter Antonio Senzatela stumbled and Colorado's bridge relievers were torched for eight runs as Cincinnati rallied for a wild 12-8 victory at Great American Ball Park.
The Colorado Rockies had to play a doubleheader on getaway day Thursday after Wednesday's game in Minnesota was rained out.
But Holland was the last pitcher standing at the end. Story has been hitting and fielding ground balls with no issues and appears fully recovered from a shoulder strain.
Rockies: Colorado continues its longest road swing of the season with a four-game series that starts Monday in Philadelphia. "When the heat is turned up just a little bit, Greg has a way of working his way through an inning to get the save, regardless of what is going on".
"When I first hit it, I thought it had a chance", Freeland said. I was pretty upset.
"You hate it for the fans, you hate it for the pitcher, but I can't throw the early lifeline to our starters", he said. "You know your cues and you know what to tell yourself".
Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier hit two-run singles during a four-run sixth inning that extended the Pirates' lead to 6-1.
The Rockies got three more runs on three unlikely home runs over the next two innings from Freeland (first career) LeMahieu, and Pat Valaika.
"No sooner do you show up, the Reds come up with three runs on a couple of home runs", Brennaman told an actual bird, and labeled as such, during the sixth inning of a televised Major League Baseball game. It was his eighth homer of the season. CarGo's homer was his 200th as a member of the Rockies. "He looked like a prize fighter, but he hung in there", Black said. That was exactly what we saw from the Rockies Saturday in a 12-8 defeat at Cincinnati. I'm sure I'll hit a wall, but I'm not there yet. It's gradually getting there.
Senzatela allowed four earned runs in five innings.
Freeland became the 11th Rockies pitcher to have two extra-base hits in the game. LeMahieu went 4-for-5 with a double and homer. But not comfortably ahead - not in this ballpark, and not on this day. 2 of the 10 series wins coming in the 3-1 variety, with the other 8 2-1 wins.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday, the Reds trailed the Rockies, 6-1.
The Rockies improved to 27-16 on the season while leading the competitive NL West. Alexi Amarista led Colorado with three hits, a home run and four RBIs. Scott Schebler's two-out solo shot to right cut Colorado's once-comfy lead to 6-4. "But today was a rare occurrence", Black said.