Before the game, the Reds reinstated Aroldis Chapman from the disabled list. He has not pitched since being hit in the head by a line drive on March 19. On the hill for the Reds was Homer Bailey. His season has been nothing special. The owner of two no-hitters has began the season 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA. He twirled a gem against the Rockies yesterday. On the hill for the Rockies was Juan Nicasio.
The Reds took the early lead in the bottom of the first, when Skip Schumaker grounded out to second, scoring speedster Billy Hamilton. Hamilton reached on a bunt single and advanced all the way to third on an error. This was his first start since spraining his knuckles on his left hand on May 1. Schumaker drove in another in the third, singling to score Ramon Santiago. Charlie Blackmon homered in the fourth to cut the Reds lead to 2-1, but Todd Frazier hit a 436 foot homer to center in the bottom of the inning to even it out. The last score of the game came in the fifth, when Brandon Phillips reached on an error to score Santiago. Aroldis Chapman closed out the game in the ninth by striking out the side.
The Reds were led by Hamilton and Santiago with two hits. Homer Bailey tossed 7.1 innings allowing only one run on four hits striking out six and walking two. The Rockies were led by four players, including Charlie Blackmon, with one hit. Juan Nicasio pitched six innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, striking out three and walking one.
Reds 4, Rockies 1