"I don't really have a whole lot. I just got hit really hard," Moscot said. "Every mistake I made got hit, and I've got to be better than that. Two innings, it's just not good. It's frustrating."
Adding to the pain, Moscot was hit on the right ear by a pitch while trying to put down a sacrifice bunt in the third.
"It got me in the ear and my bat hit me in the face, but luckily it wasn't anything," said Moscot, who was able to finish the half-inning and take first base.
Moscot being OK was the only good fortune that came his way in his first start for Cincinnati since April 27 vs. the Mets at Citi Field. In that game, he developed soreness in his surgically repaired left (non-throwing) shoulder that was later diagnosed as inflammation.
Moscot pitched six scoreless innings in his last rehab assignment start and hoped to carry that mojo back to the big leagues. It became apparent two pitches into the game that it would be a tall order.
Leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon blasted a 1-0 fastball over the middle of the plate and into the right-field seats for a quick 1-0 deficit. Following a double by DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado made it 3-0 by pulling a 1-0 fastball for a two-run homer to left field. Colorado would have a 5-0 lead at the end of the first. LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez added solo homers in the bottom of the second inning, making Moscot the first Reds pitcher to give up four homers in a game since Homer Bailey on April 14, 2014, vs. the Pirates.
"The one redeeming quality of the outing was he threw strikes," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's just they were on him. There were a lot of pitches that missed location by a fairly wide margin that ended up being really good pitches to hit. He just wasn't able to contain their offense."
In what would be Moscot's final batter, Trevor Story lifted a long fly ball to center field. All Moscot could do was raise his hands in frustration, but he was spared a fifth homer allowed as it fell short and into Billy Hamilton's glove for the third out. It was Moscot's first time pitching at Coors Field and not what he anticipated.
"I would say there's a couple of pitches, balls that were hit that I was I little surprised at the result," said Moscot, now 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA in four starts. "It's not something I think you take into the game and affect you. I think it's just something that just happens. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get it done today."
Reliever Daniel Wright was already preparing to take over for the bottom of the third when Moscot was hit by Jon Gray's pitch. Cincinnati would give up seven homers overall and 14 extra-base hits, both tying club records.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.