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Reds 6, Rockies 2: Can we go home now?

The Rockies are swept in the Queen City in yet another road loss.

The Colorado Rockies have once again been swept on the road, falling to the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 in the final game of their road trip.

The Rockies have yet to win a road series and are now a league-worst 5-27 on the road. They are one of just two teams with less than 10 road wins, sharing the dubious honor with the 9-27 road Arizona Diamondbacks.

Not sensational but mostly solid

Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela had himself a mostly-solid outing against the Reds, something the Rockies sorely needed. Through his first six innings of work he allowed three runs, all of which came in a tough second inning. Things fell apart when he came out for the bottom of the seventh inning, hitting the leadoff batter before a pinch hit double by Shogo Akiyama ousted Senzatela from the ballgame. Carlos Estévez allowed both runners to score.

Senza’s final line was five earned runs on eight hits through six innings. He struck out four batters with no walks.

Let’s go streaking

The hitting streaks for Raimel Tapia and Charlie Blackmon continue. Charlie legged out an infield single for his 12th consecutive game reaching safely, and Tapia led off the game with an opposite field single (his 30th and best in the league) for game number 10 of his streak. The two of them now hold the two longest streaks in the league.

They are also some of the only Rockies batters to be hitting comfortably on the road. Blackmon is hitting .299 on the road, while Tapia is hitting .273.

Not a Story worth writing

Trevor Story is struggling mightily since returning from the injured list on June 10th. In what has already been a down year for the Rockies’ star shortstop, he’s gone just 1-for-14 since his reinstatement with seven strikeouts. In today’s game, Story had five plate appearances and struck out in four of them for the golden sombrero. The one time he didn’t strike out, he was hit by a pitch.

His timing may look off, but manager Bud Black said postgame that it didn’t appear the elbow was bothering him when taking swings.

Ryan McMahon is an All-Star with a farmer’s tan

Ryan McMahon continued his excellent season by striking his 15th home run: a solo shot for the Rockies’ second—and final— run of the game. McMahon is hitting just .225 on the road, but has seven home runs and 18 RBIs away from Coors Field.

Getting pinched by LOBsters

The Rockies’ offense on the road continues to look fundamentally broken without a foreseen solution in sight. Despite having 14 total baserunners (six hits, six walks, two HBP), the Rockies scored just two runs. They left 12 runners stranded and hit an ugly 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Rockies failed to capitalize with runners on the bases and failed to take advantage of eight free passes, all while striking out 13 times.

Coming up next

The Rockies head home to Coors Field for a seven-game homestand. On Monday they play Fernando Tatís Jr. and the powerhouse San Diego Padres. Austin Gomber will take the mound for Colorado, while the Padres will send out the righty Dinelson Lamet. First pitch is at 6:40 PM MDT.