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Rockies 9, Reds 6: Back on the road and it feels so good

The offense erupted again and the Rockies won despite a late scare from the bullpen.

Thank goodness for a road trip, amirite? The Colorado Rockies started this week’s trip with a win against the Cincinnati Reds by a final score of 9-6.

Carlos Gonzalez is coming on strong

It’s one thing when CarGo BABIPs and bloops his way into a 10-game hitting streak. It’s another when he actually looks like the old CarGo. The first run he drove in on Tuesday came via a bloop, but he later blasted a long home run to center field on his way to a three-hit, four-RBI night.

This doesn’t change how frustrating it can be to see how the team manages things when he struggles, but the tease of CarGo’s September last season still lingers. That’s especially true when you see a vintage CarGo laser like his home run tonight. It’s hard not to daydream what it will look like if he can sustain this kind of production for a longer stretch in 2018.

Steady Kyle Freeland

Another night, another strong start. Freeland went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out seven. The entire starting rotation is a bright spot, but Freeland has been especially predictable in the back of the rotation. And he even drew a walk to drive a run in on Tuesday.

And the rest of the offense was good too

Maybe we should have just known they’re gonna hit. Another big night from the offense with contributions up and down the lineup. Improvements from guys like CarGo, Gerardo Parra and Chris Iannetta combined with DJ LeMahieu’s return make this lineup look reasonable and competitive, at least for now.

About that bullpen though

It was 9-3 when the bottom of the ninth inning started. Bryan Shaw entered the game. It ended 9-6 with the tying run up. Bryan Shaw did not record the final out as Wade Davis had to come on for the save. The bullpen is currently a problem, and Shaw is a big problem.

Looking ahead

The Rockies continue their series with the Reds on Wednesday with Jon Gray on the mound against Sal Romano.