The Colorado Rockies will need to do better than one run on six hits if they hope to defeat the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. They have already failed test No. 1with a 4-1 loss on Friday night. They ran into Homer Bailey (8-7, 4.34 ERA), who threw a tremendous start. He allowed one runs in 7-2/3 innings and kept the Rockies to just six hits. The lone run came in the third inning on Chris Nelson's third home run of the season.
There was no steal of home plate this time around for Chris Nelson.
The Rockies' troubles came in the sixth inning. Carlos Gonzalez and Jim Tracy had just been ejected in the bottom of the fifth for arguing with the umpire. That forced a shift in defense, Ty Wigginton is left and Seth Smith in right. Jhoulys Chacin (11-11, 3.64 ERA) walked Brandon Phillips, but a fielder's choice ground out had him out at second. Dave Sappelt was now on base and he moved to second on a Joey Votto single. However, an error on Chris Nelson and then one by Seth Smith allowed Sappelt to score.
Eventually Josh Roenicke made his way in and allowed a two-run single to Ryan Hanigan and a RBI single to Paul Janish.
The Rockies (67-77, 36-36 home) continue this series at 2:05 p.m. MT on Saturday. Alex White and Bronson Arroyo are the scheduled starters.