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Friday, May 19, 2017

Rockies Sixth Inning Avalance Buries Reds

Colorado manager Bud Black put a thumbs up emoji on the Rockies big inning.

A close game collapsed on the Reds in an avalanche of eight sixth inning runs covering the Reds with an ugly 12-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Reds’ seventh straight loss was seen on a live stream on Facebook by 1.2 million fans, the first ever carried by that medium.

Lisavelverto Bonilla, who saved the Reds’ bullpen with an eight inning complete game loss last Saturday, was hoping to follow up with another good game.  It started off slowly and ended badly.

Charlie Blackmon opened the game with a long double to centerfield.  Bonilla hit D.J.LeMahieu with a pitch.  Nolan Arenado’s infield hit loaded the bases. Mark Reynalds single got the first run home.  The first out of the inning, a sacrifice fly to right by Carlos Gonzalez scored LeMahieu.

Bonilla settled in with four scoreless innings while Eugenio Suarez hit his eighth home run of the season off Rockie starter Tyler Anderson.

The Turning point for Bonilla was his at bat in the fifth inning. He was hit in the right hand trying to bunt.

"I don't want to make excuses," Bonilla said.  "My hand hurt but i left a change up high to Amarista. I knew I had to go deep in the game to give the bullpen a rest. I tried to make their at-bats quick but they were aggressive.  After that I just worked on getting outs."

The roof gave way in the sixth. Gonzalez opened the inning with an innocent single.  Ian Desmond doubled.  Alexi Amarista hit his second home run into the Rockie’s bullpen and just like that the Reds trailed, 5-1.  By the time the inning was over Bonilla was gone and Wandy Peralta, who had a fine 1.06 ERA after six straight scoreless innings, gave up five hits and two walks, including Nolan Arenado’s 11th home run.  Eight runs scored is the Rockie’s best inning of the year.

"It was just a bad night for Wandy," Bryan Price said. "I left him out there for 40 pitches.  It was a disgrace."

Adam Duvall singled to score Zack Cozart, who doubled in the bottom of the inning.  With Scooter Gennett on first, Billy Hamilton circled the bases in an unorthodox manner.  He doubled into the left field corner.  He went to third when the Amarista’s relay throw kicked away from catcher Tony Wolters, Hamilton slid home with the Reds’ fourth run.

Suarez doubled in the eighth among the woo’s.  Jose Peraza hit his first home run of the season off Jordan Lyles to close the gap to four with two outs in the eighth inning..

Austin Brice, who allowed one run in nine innings, gave up a two-out, two-run single to Mark Reynolds to complete the Rockies’ scoring.

"We tried to stay away from using Brice," Price said..  "You have to respect the game. I cnn't use a position player there.  We get the home run from Peraza it is 10-6.  People come here to see a game. We can't use a position player when we could get back in it."

The Reds haven't one a game since the 17-inning, 3-2 loss to San Francisco.

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