The Rockies have the top-scoring offense in Major League Baseball and they wasted no time showing their strength on Saturday evening in Cincinnati.
Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson opened the game with back-to-back solo home runs, and then Justin Morneau went deep for a two-run shot in the top of the third inning. Dickerson was the standout performer in the 11-2 rout of the Reds, finishing with two doubles, two homers, and a career-high four RBI. Colorado starter Jordan Lyles racked up a season-high eight strikeout while moving to 5-0 on the year.
The Rockies open play Sunday with the best run differential in the big leagues and a 23-16 record.
They trail the Giants by one game in the National League West standings.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Angels 5, Blue Jays 3
Twins 3, Tigers 9
Giants 2, Dodgers 6
Astros 4, Orioles 5 (10 innings)
Cardinals 3, Pirates 4
Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 3
Yankees 4, Brewers 5
Cubs 0, Braves 2
Rockies 11, Reds 2
Phillies 5, Mets 4
Indians 1, Rays 7
Red Sox 8, Rangers 3
Nationals 3, Athletics 4 (10 innings)
Royals 1, Mariners 3
Marlins 3, Padres 9
The Rockies placed Carlos Gonzalez on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, per an announcement on Sunday. The move is retroactive to April 19, the day after Gonzalez sustained the injury on a phenomenal diving catch during the Rockies’ 10-2 loss to the Pirates. In corresponding moves, outfielder Mike Tauchman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, while corner outfielders David Dahl and Noel Cuevas were recalled from the minors.
Gonzalez, 32, got off to an underwhelming start this spring. The veteran outfielder exited Wednesday’s game batting a modest .235/.264/.426 with three home runs and two stolen bases in his first 72 plate appearances of the 2018 season. Despite sustaining a plethora of minor injuries over the last few years, this looks to be his first serious setback since undergoing knee surgery back in 2014.
It’s still unclear how long he’ll be sidelined, though club manager Bud Black said Gonzalez appeared to be recovering well prior to the decision on Sunday. “I think probably the thing that put us over the top was with [Gerardo] Parra’s suspension starting today and CarGo not 100 percent,” he told reporters, adding that while Gonzalez seemed capable of pinch-hitting, he would not have been able to run the bases.
In the meantime, Cuevas figures to make his major-league debut sometime over the next week. The 26-year-old outfielder is in his ninth minor league season, and left Albuquerque with a .333/.419/.571 batting line and eight extra-base hits though his first 74 PA. Dahl, 24, could also see his first major-league assignment since 2016, when he slashed .315/.359/.500 with seven home runs and five stolen bases in 63 games with the Rockies.