Eye on the Rockies: Rockies Look to Regain Comfort Zone against Cincinnati


The Rockies are looking to resume their success against the Reds on Sunday. With Saturday's 3-1 loss at Great American Ballpark, the Rockies have split the first two games of the three-game series. The Rockies have won nine series from the Reds since the start of the 2013 season, split one four-game series, and lost three series. They have won four of the last five series, splitting the fifth series in that group.

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The Rockies offense managed to score one run on Saturday, the 12th time in 55 road games that they have either been shutout or limited to one run. Big deal? Well, they are 1-11 in those 12 games, and when they score more than one run on the road they are 22-21. And it has happened three times in the last six games.

They have scored one or no runs at home just three times.

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Chi Chi Gonzalez was a first-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers -- 23rd player taken overall -- when he came out of Oral Roberts University in 2013. His career, however, hit a detour when he suffered a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament during spring training in 2017.

Gonzalez opted for platelet-rich plasma injections in an effort to avoid Tommy John Surgery, but ultimately underwent the surgery in July of 2017.

He did not pitch in 2017, and his 2018 season was limited to three games and a total of 10 innings in the low minors. Texas released him at season's end, and he signed with the Rockies in December.

He has taken a regular turn -- between Triple-A Albuquerque and the Rockies this year -- building up stamina and regaining his ability to command pitches.

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Signed to a minor-league contract by the Rockies in the off-season he was called up from Albuquerque for the third time on Saturday and went 5 2/3 innings, his longest outing since he went six innings for the Rangers against Seattle on Aug. 18, 2015. It was only his 12th big-league start since. He gave up two home runs and three runs total before being relieved.

It's a step that could help convince the Rockies to retain him in the off-season in expectation of his continued improvement on the mound.

“He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to peck away at their pitchers,” manager Bud Black said. “We couldn’t quite get there, but he hung in there. He got some balls on the ground. He kept the ball down. It’s very similar to what’s he’s done in the past.”

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Raimel Tapia, who took off full speed on Charlie Blackmon's line drive to left, was doubled off second to end the inning: “I thought the ball was in the gap, so that’s why I took off,” Tapia said, who ignored efforts by third base coach Stu Cole to alert him to get back to second base.


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