Cincinnati Reds make historical past with homers in rout over Colorado Rockies

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Joey Votto is usually not a player who shows tons of emotion after a home run, but this is where he let out all the excitement.

Votto lifted a triple homer to left field in the Cincinnati Reds’ 11-5 win over the Colorado Rockies and let everyone at Great American Ball Park know how they were feeling. He touched home plate, took off his helmet and screamed before high five to his teammates.

As he watched an animated votto move his head as he headed for the dugout, the crowd of 20,505 – the season’s biggest home crowd – roared almost as loud as they did during the homer.

Cincinnati Reds rightfielder Nick Castellanos (2) is congratulated by Cincinnati Reds leftfielder Jesse Winker (33) after winning the first inning of a baseball game on Friday 11th in Cincinnati.

The homer gave the Reds a 7-0 lead in the third inning, but maybe it was a sign that Votto is feeling like himself. He clenched his fist as he circled the first base and then let out a solemn “Wuh” as he prepared to descend the shelter steps.

Votto has just returned from a month’s stay on the injured list because of a broken left thumb. He’s had two hits since he got back on the line-up, both homers.

It was Vottos 1.934. Career hit that links him to Tony Perez for fifth place on the franchise’s all-time list.

The Reds hit a home run in each of the first five innings, the first time in franchise history since at least 1890 (when they joined the National League), according to Elias Sports Bureau. All homers came against Rockies starter Kyle Freeland. It was the fifth time in the club’s history that the Reds have met five homers against a pitcher and the first time since the 2011 season (Colorado’s Alex White and San Diego’s Tim Stauffer).

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez (7) smiles at fans during the first innings of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati.

Nick Castellanos, one of the hottest hitters in the world, started the homer save with double pressure on midfield in the first inning. A single by Jesse Winker followed as the dynamic duo continued to instill fear in opposing pitchers.

Freeland only pitched nine in the first inning, which is usually a good sign for pitchers. The reds attacked.

In the second inning it was Scott Heineman’s turn. Starting exclusively against left-handed pitching, Heineman started a two-run homer that hit the scoreboard in front of the second seat deck in the left field.

After Votto’s triple homer in the third inning, Kyle Farmer opened the fourth with a solo homer to left field. Tyler Stephenson took the fifth straight to the center with a solo homer.

The last time the Reds homered for five consecutive innings was April 21, 2015 in a 16-10 win over Milwaukee, according to Elias.

Freeland allowed nine runs with eight hits – five homers – in four innings. The Reds scored seven runs in 24 innings against the Rockies, who started pitching in their four-game streak at Coors Field last month.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) delivers during the first innings of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Reds starter Tyler Mahle crossed the Rockies lineup up to a sixth inning with 30 pitches. By the time he stepped into the sixth, he had only allowed one hit and withdrawn 13 of his last 14 batters. The only exception was two outs in the fifth inning when he beat Yonathan Daza, but it turned out to be a wild pitch and a runner on first base.

In the top of the sixth inning, Mahle had three singles load the bases. A run was scored on a wild pitch and Ryan McMahon cleared the bases with a triple homer to right field.

The Reds were still five runs ahead, but they still needed the bullpen to cover the last nine outs. Fortunately for her, the offensive helped again.

At the end of the sixth inning, the Reds responded with two more runs. They loaded the bases through two walks and a single, all of which came with two outs. Rockie’s reliever Lucas Gilbreath stepped in to take on Joey Votto and promptly threw eight straight pitches out of the strike zone for two runs.

It was the eighth time this season that the Reds have scored more than 10 runs in a game at GABP.