It was Roseanne Rosannadanna who said, “It’s always somethin’.” For the Colorado Rockies, it’s always someone. On Saturday night in Cincinnati this time that someone was Corey Dickerson. The 24-year-old outfielder swatted two of his team’s five home runs as the Rockies’ bats rebooted in an 11-2 whitewash of the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
If the Rockies had their way, they would change the name to Super American Ballpark. In each of the past three seasons, Colorado has hit five or more dingers in a game at the Cincinnati stadium. Dickerson’s first homer was a solo shot in the first inning, and his second was with a man on in the sixth. Charlie Blackmon got the parade started with a solo home run in the first just before Dickerson’s. Justin Morneau got his eighth of the year with a two-run round-tripper in the third inning, and Troy Tulowitzki hit his team-leading 11th homer of the year in the sixth inning with nobody on.
The Rockies and their manager Walt Weiss must have breathed a sigh of relief after the hitting barrage resulted in an 11-2 win. The league-leading Colorado offense had been held to just three runs in the past two games—both losses. Saturday night was an awakening of sorts, as the Rockies pounded out 16 hits among eight different batters. On top of hitting two home runs, Dickerson went 4 for 5 from the plate and added a double and four RBI. He is now hitting .385 on the season. Blackmon was 3 for 5 with two RBI and Tulowitzki had two hits in four at-bats. After having his 28-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday night, Nolan Arenado got right back on the horse, going 2 for 5 with a double. The only starting position player who went hitless was Carlos Gonzalez, who was 0 for 3.
Lost in the Colorado power surge was the fact that Jordan Lyles got the win on the mound for the Rockies and is still undefeated on the season at 5-0. Lyles gave up only two earned runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out eight Reds’ batters. He is the team leader in wins and RBI (2.66). The emergence of Lyles as an ace has been invaluable to the Rockies, who currently have two starters, Brett Anderson and Tyler Chatwood, on the 60-day DL.
In other news from the injury list outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who was placed on the 15-day DL because of a hamstring, ran at 70 percent on Friday and took batting practice for the first time since his injury. There is no official word on when he will return. Catcher Wilin Rosario and infielder Josh Rutledge remain on the 15-day DL after catching a virus last weekend at home in Denver.
The Colorado Rockies are now 2-2 on their current 7-game road trip. They are 1-1 after two games in Cincinnati, and have a chance to win their 7th straight series in the rubber game on Sunday. Juan Nicasio (4-1, 3.89 ERA) will take the mound for Colorado against Homer Bailey (2-2, 5.36 ERA) for the Reds. After a day off on Monday, the Rockies will be in Kansas City for a 2-game series before coming home for two 3-game series at Coors Field against NL West rivals San Diego and San Francisco.
Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Colorado Rockies