The Colorado Rockies scored nine runs through the first two innings to leave no doubt as to who would win their game against the Cincinnati Reds today at Coors Field.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (3-19) 1 4 1
Colorado Rockies (13-9)
ten 12 0
F: Freeland (1-3) L: Sanmartin (0-4)
Dissemination of statistics | Box score | Thread of the game

Today’s loss is the 17th of the Reds’ last 18 games, their 10th straight loss on the road and a three-game sweep by Colorado. For a little more perspective:

As I tried to figure out what to write for this match recap, especially after the first two innings, I was lost (no pun intended). There’s nothing I can say to all of you on red lifers that you don’t already see yourselves.

It feels like the whole team is in a funk, and not for lack of desire or effort. Like us, I believe that the members of this team cannot believe what is happening to them, and they are all pushing to the limit to try to change things.

But that doesn’t change what’s true about this team. He was literally gutted by the front office during the offseason. What you are looking at now is the equivalent of an expansion team.

It’s clear that the front office’s goal is to transition to a build-from-the-inside model like the Tampa Bay Rays have mastered with notable success (and limited expense). The Reds have a significant number of pitching prospects in Class A and AA trades that have drained the team. But there are very few, if any, legitimate player prospects at the higher levels, so any chance of building a total team from within is still a few years away at least.

It all hurts because if you’re reading this, it’s probably because Reds baseball is a way of life for you. After a few seasons where we were able to experience discord, we are back to the dregs of the rankings. I try to be as positive as possible, but the odds of this team turning around this season significantly are about as likely as the odds of them winning after falling 6-0 in the first leg today today.

The offense

Cincinnati’s only race of the day came in this round five solo outburst:

It was one of his team-leading two hits.

The pitch

Left-handed rookie Reiver Sanmartin was fooling no one. In his last start, the last eight batters he faced reached base. Today, the Rockies’ first five batters reached as the home team scored six in the bottom of the first inning.

Six relievers trailed Sanmartin into the game, with Hunter Strickland, Luis Cessa, Alexis Diaz and Tony Santillan tossing a fly ball scoreless.

News and Notes

The major league rosters will be reduced from 28 to 26 by Tuesday, meaning the Reds will retire two players ahead of Tuesday night’s game in Milwaukee.

And about 45 minutes after the game ended, the Reds made those two moves, offering Reiver Sanmartin and Alejo Lopez to Triple-A Louisville.

The next step for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

Tuesday, May 3, 7:40 p.m. ET

Vladimir Gutierrez (0-4, 7.41 ERA) vs. Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 5.30 ERA)


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