Today’s Matchup – August 9, 2011

By Editorial Staff

On a night that saw seven combined home runs, the biggest hit last night at Great American Ball Park last night may have not been the appearance of rock legend Paul McCartney. It was the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies made a statement last night with four home runs, all being two-run shots. Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez both hit one homer each, but the story of the night was Seth Smith.

Smith hit two home runs, both with one man on. He was the key to the Rockies 10-7 win over the Reds. The Rockies have now was six straight over the Reds, and look to take at least two of three tonight with Esmil Rogers on the mound.

Game #117: Esmil Rogers (5-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (0-1, 3.41 ERA)

Games Back: 9 (NL West), 13 (Wild Card)
Games left: 46
Streak: Won 1
Last 10: 4-6
Elimination Number: 38

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young, Jr., LF
Dexter Fowler, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Todd Helton, 1B
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Mark Ellis, 2B
Chris Iannetta, C
Esmil Rogers, P

Games Back: 10 (NL Central), 11.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 37
Streak: Lost 1
Last 10: 5-5
Elimination Number: 38

Cincinnati Reds
Dave Sappelt, LF
Edgar Renteria, SS
Joey Votto, 1B
Brandon Phillips, 2B
Jay Bruce, RF
Drew Stubbs, CF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Todd Frazier, 3B
Dontrelle Willis, P

First pitch is set for 5:10pm Mountain time from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. On TV, ROOT Sports will broadcast the game in the Rocky Mountain region, and Fox Sports Ohio will have the game in the Ohio area. On the radio, 850 KOA will call the game in the Denver metro area, and WLW 700 will broadcast the game in the Cincinnati region.