The Sim Reds got on the board early and held on tight in the end as they raced to an 11-0 lead and won the first game of a four game set between the Reds and Rockies. Trevor Bauer was sharp as he took a no-hitter into the sixth. Things got interesting as the Rockies nearly pulled off an incredible comeback in the ninth but ultimately fell just one run short. The loss puts the Rockies back at .500 with a record of 18-18.
Another early exit for Chi Chi
Chi Chi Gonzàlez had another rocky start as the Reds made consistent hard contact. He exhibited good control, issuing no walks and throwing a high percentage of strikes. A lack of a “plus” out pitch was evident, however, as Reds hitters fouled off multiple pitches and he had difficulty missing bats in two-strike counts. His final line on the day was 4 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 4 K.
Bauer dominant early
Sim Trevor Bauer was excellent and kept Rockies off the base paths for the first 5 ⅔ innings, with the exception of a walk to Ian Desmond in the third that was quickly dismissed by a double play off the bat of Tony Wolters. Bauer lost steam later in the game as his bid for a no-hitter was broken up by a Raimel Tapia double in the sixth. Bauer earned his fourth win of the simulated season and finished with a line of 6 ⅓ IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K.
Rockies show fight in late innings
It looked bleak early, but the Rockies got the bats going in the sixth. Following Tapia’s double, David Dahl cleared the fence with his third home run of the season. In the seventh, Nolan Arenado chipped in with another home run. A series of two-out hits in the eighth by Charlie Blackmon and Arenado inched the Rockies closer bringing the score to 11-7. With the score 12-7 and the Rockies down to their last out, Chris Owings doubled and later scored on a single by Dahl. Back-to-back home runs by Trevor Story and Blackmon made it a one-run game, but Arenado flew out to center field to end the game.
The Rockies will turn to Jon Gray tomorrow night in Game 2 as he will face Sonny Gray of the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch is at 6:45 PM MT.