DENVER | The Colorado Rockies’ bats quickly went from sizzling to nearly silent.
A night after tying the franchise record with seven homers, the Rockies only managed one extra-base hit in a 7-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
Colorado’s hardest hit of the evening may have been the one that struck John Lamb (1-3) in the left leg. It didn’t rattle the left-hander — nor did Colorado’s offensive onslaught from the night before.
“I think we were successful because we were aggressive (Tuesday),” said outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who extended his streak of reaching base to 27 games with two singles and a hit by pitch. “We were aggressive today. We just didn’t get the hits. There’s no formula.”
Tyler Chatwood (6-4) struggled as he gave up five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings.
Chatwood saw his ERA at Coors Field jump to 5.30 this season. His ERA on the road is 0.53 and leads the majors.
“He wasn’t real crisp,” manager Walt Weiss explained. “Location was a little off, especially with the fastball. Got in a lot of tough counts. Wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him lately.”
Apparently, the Rockies used up their big hits the night before when they broke team marks for extra base hits (14) and total bases (47) in a 17-4 win.
“I don’t think we were flat,” Chatwood said. “I think sometimes you have to tip your cap to the other guy.”
Lamb (1-3) surrendered one run and, above all else, kept the Rockies inside the park.
“Extremely impressed in large part because of what he saw happen a day ahead of him,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He saw a lot of runs scored, seven home runs.
“Sometimes, that’s some bad feedback to have to witness before you go make a start. … You’ve got to overcome things like that. He did in a big fashion.”
For that, Lamb credits preparation. He’s always been a pitcher that’s relied more on his arm than his film study. But he took a crash course on Colorado hitters and the video session helped him make the proper pitches Wednesday.
“It gave me a little bit more hope and optimism with my stuff,” Lamb said. “That’s a fully open and honest version of why I would hope nights like tonight would continue to happen.”
There was a scary moment in the fourth when Ryan Raburn’s liner drilled Lamb near the hip. Lamb went down to a knee for a moment and stretched out his leg before resuming.
“It’s sore,” he said. “But I wanted to be out there. Physically, I could feel it, but didn’t take much out of what I was doing. Just happy I could stay out there.”
Lamb was hit in a similar fashion last month, too.
“I’m wondering if I’ve got a magnet in me or something,” Lamb said. “I’m starting to realize I have a glove, though.”
Reds: 2B Brandon Phillips missed a second straight game with a sore left foot. “If it was up to him, he would play,” Price said. … RHP Michael Lorenzen (sprained elbow) threw two innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday. “Everything worked out just beautifully,” Price said.
Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (shoulder inflammation) could soon head out on a rehab assignment. The Rockies are hoping to have him back for the Dodgers series in Los Angeles next Monday.
The Rockies head into the month cognizant of their June swoon, when they seem to fade from the pack. It’s happened in the last four seasons.
“I can’t argue with that. History shows that,” Weiss said. “I do think this team is a little different. I feel like this stretch we have just been through is as tough of test as we’re going to see schedule-wise, June or not.
“This last month, the fact we’re still standing, makes me feel good about June and where we’re at in the season. We’ve been through the fire the last month.”
Reds: RHP Alfredo Simon (1-5, 9.60 ERA) takes the mound Thursday in the finale of the four-game series. Simon has allowed 17 earned runs in his last three outings.
Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (2-2, 4.13). He has a 4.55 ERA as a starter this season and a 1.80 mark as a reliever.