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Rockies’ Ryan Feltner slugged Reds 13-3 at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies pitching coach Darryl Scott, left, confers with starting pitcher Ryan Feltner, right, after he gave up a triple to Cincinnati Reds’ Will Benson and allowed two runs in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Monday, June 3, 2024, in Deventer. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Ryan Feltner’s baseball training has become a school of hard knocks.

The Rockies like the right-hander’s powerful fastball and potential as a starting pitcher. Still, Feltner struggled again Monday night, and the Rockies were crushed 13-3 by Cincinnati at Coors Field.

The Reds arrived in LoDo having dropped 15 of their last 22 road games, but they defeated Feltner for eight runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 6.22. And the Reds kept ripping.

Colorado lost its third straight game – A hint of a coming June swoon perhaps? – and got his third consecutive mediocre start. Right-hander Cal Quantrill and left-hander Austin Gomber, the Rockies’ top starters this season, both suffered weekend losses to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Manager Bud Black often says that starting pitching sets the tone for a team, but Feltner has been tone deaf too often this season. Big innings were Feltner’s downfall, and that was the case again Monday night. The Reds scored three times in the third, highlighted by Jeimer Candelario’s two-run homer, and three more times in the fourth, the big hit being a two-out, two-run triple to right by Will Benson.

Feltner has fallen victim to multi-run innings 14 times this season, tied with Washington’s Patrick Corbin for second in the National League. The Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks has the most, with 15.

After trailing 4-1 after Cincinnati’s first three at-bats, Colorado cut the lead to 4-3 in the third on a 400-foot solo homer to left-center by Brendan Rodgers and an RBI single by design hitter Jacob Stallings. .

Cincinnati Reds' Jonathan India singles against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Rogers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 3, 2024, in Denver.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Cincinnati Reds’ Jonathan India singles against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Rogers in the sixth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 3, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)