- So much for hitting slumps. – (SportsNetwork.com) - So much for hitting slumps.
The suddenly prodigious Colorado Rockies try to end a three-game road series
at Great American Ball Park with another offensive push on Sunday afternoon,
when they meet the host Cincinnati Reds.
The Rockies were blanked on Thursday and scored just three runs Friday before
erupting for 16 hits -- including 11 for extra bases -- in an 11-2 rout in
Saturday's middle game with the Reds.
The 11 runs marked the eighth time in 2014 that Colorado reached double
digits, and the extra-base hit total equaled the season-high in the majors and
were the most for the team since it notched 12 in 2010.
The Rockies had back-to-back home runs from Corey Dickerson and Charlie
Blackmon to begin the game, the first time Colorado had done that in 18 years.
"Dickerson's got a pretty good track record of swinging the bat," manager Walt
Weiss said. "He can hit. It's nice to be able to get an opportunity to get him
into the lineup. He's worked pretty hard."
Dickerson finished with two home runs, four hits, four runs batted in and
three runs scored, while Blackmon added an RBI double to go with his three
Justin Morneau cracked a two-run blast and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot
in the triumph.
Jordan Lyles (5-0) struck out eight and surrendered two runs on four hits and
four walks over six frames to notch the win.
Alfredo Simon (4-2) was roughed up for five runs on eight hits over just three
frames for the Reds.
Colorado's Juan Nicasio gets the start in search of a third straight winning
He was a 12-1 winner over Texas on Tuesday and has allowed just five hits in
12 innings in the last two outings.
He was 0-1 in two starts against the Reds in 2013.
Cincinnati starts Homer Bailey, who allowed three runs in six innings on
Tuesday in a game the Reds ultimately lost, 4-3, to the Boston Red Sox.
He's made six career starts against Colorado and won once, while compiling a