The Cincinnati Reds blew out the Colorado Rockies to open the series last night. Tonight they’ll look to extend their winning streak to three and guarantee themselves a series win. First pitch is set for 8:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

Colorado Rockies

Stuart Fairchild – RF Charlie Blackmon – DH
Elly De La Cruz – SS Ezequiel Tovar – SS
Jeimer Candelario – 3B Ryan McMahon – 3B
Spencer Steer – 1B Elias Diaz – C
Tyler Stephenson – DH Brendan Rodgers – 2B
Jonathan India – 2B Elehuris Montero – 1B
TJ Friedl – CF Brenton Doyle – CF
Blake Dunn – LF Jake Cave – LF
Luke Maile – C Hunter Goodman – RF
Frankie Montas – RHP Ty Blach – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Frankie Montas 47.0 4.60 1.40 18 33
Ty Blach 34.2 4.15 1.27 7 17
Links:ย Frankie Montas’ Stats | Ty Blach’s Stats

Frankie Montas

Since returning from the injured list after being hit by a comebacker, Montas has made five starts with an ERA of 4.88. In his last outing he gave up three runs to the Cardinals in six innings pitched.

The splits for Montas have been drastic in 2024. Left-handed hitters have a 240 point advantage in OPS. They are hitting for a much higher average and a lot more power. Righties aren’t hitting for much average or power against him. His home and road splits are quite big, too. On the road hitters have an OPS of .956 against him (.638 at home) and his road ERA is 6.75 in four starts.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 91 18 3 0 2 8 16 .220 .297 .329
LHH 116 30 6 0 5 10 17 .291 .371 .495

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 95.3 94.3 89.7 84.9 85.8
Usage 36% 16% 17% 11% 20%

Ty Blach

After starting the season in Triple-A, then moving to the big leagues and pitching out of the bullpen, Ty Blach has made four starts in a row for Colorado. Three of those have been good and one of those was a clunker where he allowed six runs in 3.0 innings against San Francisco. His last outing saw him strike out a season high five in 7.0 innings and allowed two runs against Cleveland.

The splits for Ty Blach are pretty extreme. Right-handed hitters have an OPS 500 points better than lefties do. Both righties and lefties make plenty of contact, but lefties are doing nothing when they do make contact. His home and road splits are extreme, too. In Colorado he’s pitched better – with opponents having an OPS nearly 300 points lower at Coors than when he’s on the road. The sample size is very small in road games, though – just seven of his 34.2 innings have been outside of Colorado.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 102 31 7 0 3 6 12 .326 .363 .495
LHH 40 6 1 0 0 1 5 .158 .175 .184

Pitch Usage

2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 89.6 79.3 83.5 80.5
Usage 51% 10% 14% 26%

When and Where

  • Game time: 8:40pm ET
  • Where: Coors Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 81ยฐ, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Blake Dunn called up

Cincinnati called up their #15 prospect on Tuesday afternoon. Blake Dunn has spent the year in Triple-A. He’s battled consistency this year, but he’s been hitting well over the past few weeks. He’s taking the roster spot of Nick Martini, who was optioned to Triple-A. You can read more about Dunn and what you could possibly expect from him here.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 36 24
Chicago 29 31 7.0
St. Louis 28 30 7.0
Pittsburgh 27 32 8.5
Cincinnati 27 33 9.0

150 Responses

  1. Old-school

    I actually really like this lineup!
    Probably means we lose 12-2 and espinal finishes the bottom of the 8th!
    Go reds!!

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    • DaveCT

      RH hitters slashing .326/.363./495 vs the CO pitcher. Plus RH’s with only 12 k’s in 100 at bats.

      It definitely means Espinal, possibly Maile.

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    • AllTheHype

      Dunn is probably going to zap some playing time from Espinal more than anyone, in my opinion. Without Dunn in the lineup, Espinal is at 2B (most likely) or 3B and India or Candy is DH.

      If Dunn can give a little more offensively than Espinal (not a tall ask), it’s a bonus.

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      • AllTheHype

        That would be when Dunn is DH I mean. Tonight he is LF.

      • AllTheHype

        Or when Steer is DH and Dunn is LF. He’s still taking Espinal’s spot in the lineup.

      • DaveCT

        “It definitely means Espinal, possibly Maile.”

        *Refers to who pitches the bottom of the 8th if/when all goes wrong,

  2. Mark Moore

    Interesting line-up. Hoping Dunn takes advantage of the opportunity. We really need to see the “good Frankie” tonight … and I know that’s been a while.

    We shall see how long I make it tonight. Let’s Boot some Mile High Swine!!!

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    • DaveCT

      Most likely just a cup of coffee for Dunn, who is most likely optioned back to AAA when CES returns, but still … get your feet wet, see how things roll.

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  3. DW

    Hard to beat this opportunity for Dunn…Coors Field, young lefty, Reds needing help offensively this season. I think he will take advantage of it. I’m predicting he gets on base at least twice by hit, walk, or HBP.

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    • DW

      This one didn’t age well. That’s what I get for making predictions.

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  4. Dennis Westrick

    When I got up this morning and checked the score of last night’s game my first thought was wishing we could bank some of those 13 runs for the next 2 games!

    In any event, keep the ball inside the walls Frankie!

    Let’s score some runs early and keep piling on!

    Go Reds! Keep up that Rocky Mountain high!

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  5. Red Lasso

    Reds a slight favorite (-135) tonight. Letโ€™s win this one and guarantee a winning series in Colorado!

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  6. Old-school

    Went to Coors field 5 years ago or so

    Its a gem

    Great atmosphere and RF upper deck is amazing with food , seating , covered area with TVโ€™s and views of the snowcaps

    BBQ in LF is good

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  7. Indy Red Man

    Reds haven’t always but they’ve been positive for me $

    Tonight same game parlay FD:

    Reds win & Stuey to score a run +163

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  8. Indy Red Man

    I still say Billy Hamilton could’ve had a 50% better career if the Rockies would’ve got him early on. Save runs in CF and raise his average a ton. Couldn’t play in too much or he’d hit 15 triples a year with 6 inside the park hrs

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    • Old-school

      Can the NL central
      Annex colorado and trade the brewers to the West???

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  9. Indy Red Man

    Frankie holding righties to .626 ops and the Rox can only muster up 3 lefties. Stats def in our favor! Splits surprised me because I thought he’d probably be better vs lefties with the splitter

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  10. AllTheHype

    Weird line for Lowder so far tonight. Through 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER and 9 K!

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    • Mike Adams

      Louder?
      Yeah, Lowder.
      LOUDER?
      Yeah, Lowder
      Ok… !LOUDER?!!!

      Reply
  11. Mark Moore

    Interesting way to score, but I’ll take it. Didn’t run up the pitch count, but we did send 5 to the plate.

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  12. Mike Adams

    Great start for Blake Dunn!
    He didn’t just make an out, he made TWO outs.
    Now that you got that out of the way, rookie, relax and get a couple hits.

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  13. Mark Moore

    Almost a month and from the right side to dead Center … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  14. DaveCT

    Sadak with a Monty Python ref!

    “Into the shrubbery!!”

    The Knights Who Say Nee! (“Bring us a … shrubbery!”).

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  15. Old-school

    Montas 3 shutout innings on 30 pitches

    Maile might be better than his OPS

    Reds Getting interesting

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  16. Mark Moore

    Frankie going deep would really help the bullpen. We’ve got 4 against the Stupid Cubs coming up and will likely need all hands on deck.

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  17. Mark Moore

    The HBP Magnet takes another one for the team.

    Find some green, TJ!!

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    • Mark Moore

      Bad execution. Exactly the right direction. Just caught too much air.

      OK, Blake Dunn. Show us some stuff here.

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  18. Mark Moore

    Wasted challenge there, Bud. Not sure what your guys THOUGHT they saw.

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    • Mark Moore

      Thinking he could have used that challenge. Now the inning extends and STEWIE!!! comes through with an RBI.

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  19. JB

    That’s good base running by Dunn. Some Reds would still be standing on first.

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  20. VaRedsFan

    Mail man delivers.
    A lot of oppo approach lately for the whole team. With good results.

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  21. VaRedsFan

    Looked like that ball hit the pinky of the glove and bounce in.
    Good thing they wasted their challenge

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    • JB

      That’s what I thought. Would have been interesting if they had a challenge

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  22. Dennis Westrick

    Keep on scoring boys! Can never have too many runs at Coors Field!

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  23. Dennis Westrick

    Not watching the game! Just curious, was EDLC wearing glasses when he hit his HR?

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  24. Mark Moore

    4 runs over 4 innings … all with 2 outs. Plus ran up the pitch count a bit that inning.

    Back to you, Frankie.

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  25. Mark Moore

    India shot Steer a look when he called him off that pop-up.

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  26. JB

    Philly just beat the Brewers in the 10th. Come on boys win it.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Ex-Red, Castellanos, doubled in the winning run!

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  27. Mark Moore

    Minor mental lapse for Frankie. Hope he can refocus on Diaz.

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  28. Roger Garrett

    Just checked in and Frankie is being nasty so far.Reds hacking and connecting.Could be a big boost in confidence if they can get this one tonight.GO REDS and night all.

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  29. Dennis Westrick

    Frankie pitching like he’s auditioning for a trade!

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    • Mark Moore

      Perhaps he is. Chances are strong he opts out unless he lays a dozen or so eggs going forward. Move him for some OF capital now and let him play for a ring somewhere.

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      • Melvin

        If we could get a good hitting outfielder I’d do it. We have the depth in pitching. Don’t like to give that up but you gotta give up something. Just a matter of what will make your team better. I’d like for us to play for a ring too by the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Speaking of teams ahead of the Reds in the standings (NL Central) losing, of the eight (8) teams ahead of the Reds in the NL Wild Card race, six (6) of those teams lost last night! Remarkable! The end result was, going into this game, the Reds were only 2 games out of the 3rd Wild Card spot!

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    • Oldtimer

      We all learned to write the word (with the number in parentheses) in the 1960s.

      Proper grammar in 2020s no longer calls for that. Write the word one through none, or the number 10 or higher.

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  31. Mark Moore

    It’s been a while since we’ve been Candy Crushed like that. Not a super easy hop, but … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  32. JB

    Candy is terrible. He should just leave his glove in the dugout and just try using a fork.

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    • Votto4life

      Candelario should not be playing in the field. The Reds spent $45 Million Dollars on a Designated Hitter who has a career batting average of .243.

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  33. VaRedsFan

    Candy rarely catches batted balls cleanly….so many bobbles.
    Half of those have been ruled hits when they were obvious errors.

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    • Melvin

      Honestly he’s not all that great at catching balls thrown to him either.

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  34. JB

    11 extra pitches because of the Siv at 3rd. And Sadak breaks the cardinal rule by mentioning the you no what

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    • Dennis Westrick

      The hell with the No-No, let’s get the win! And, for the record, Sadak is an idiot!

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  35. RedsGettingBetter

    Well , Goodman being extremely aggressive at 3-1 count and Montas having no control made a swing to fly out… Candelario seems to make a throwing error in each game that plays at 3rd base

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  36. Dennis Westrick

    Was holding my breath there after Montas issued a 2-out walk! I think we all can agree that the Candy Man is not a gold glove 3rd baseman!

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  37. Mark Moore

    That’s the time when playing both catchers can really hurt. Hope Luke can continue for 4 more innings.

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    • JB

      Don’t give them any ideas of having three catchers again.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Seems like the Reds have had more than their share of HBP recently and for the season as a whole!

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    • Melvin

      Well we can always pinch hit for the pitcher if we have to. Think we probably remember how to do that. I know David Bell knows about those things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  38. Mark Moore

    How do they double off Elly from the left side … took a perfectly turned DP from the Rocks. Lost opportunity.

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  39. Jason Franklin

    Just a couple dumb thoughts: I know Bell has a hangup about following splits, but why not give the kid, Dunn, a chance to bat against a righty? I know Benson usually hits righties well, but maybe Dunn could be a full-time player if given a chance.

    And how do the Reds getting any out with Candy and India in the same infield? Is it possible?

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  40. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds after took the lead have been putting runners on base constantly but stranded them … It is needed to score the max of runs possible at Coors…Don’t be confident…

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  41. Mark Moore

    I’ve gotta believe Luke is beyond sore and that’s only going to feel worse tomorrow.

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  42. Dennis Westrick

    Key inning for Frankie IMO! 3rd time thru the lineup has been an Achilles heel for Reds SPs this season!

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  43. Mark Moore

    My brother from Lexington just texted me a picture from his seat at Coors. I’m a little jealous.

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  44. Jason Franklin

    Ok, that series of pitches from Montas was a pretty good one. Every pitch was different. First two about the same speed (a slider and a splitter), then he went with a cutter at 90 and a finally a four seamer at 96. Kudos there.

    Could you imagine if Greene had 3 actual realiable pitches?

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  45. RedsGettingBetter

    Montas is doing a outstanding job tonight. Bell will let him stay in the game for sure…

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  46. Dennis Westrick

    Watching ESPN regional coverage (Giants vs Dbacks) and just waiting for them to flash up the No-No alert!

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    • Mark Moore

      If he makes it through 7 I’m pretty sure you’ll see it.

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  47. Jeremiah

    I wonder what the cutoff for pitches for Montas is if still pitching a no hitter after 7? I think maybe 120 pitches, but I feel like a veteran like Montas if you’re Bell gotta let Montas make that decision, if he’s pitching a hitter with 110 or 120 pitches going into the 9th hopefully they let Montas decide if he wants to come out.

    On Dunn…David Bell let the guy play a whole game in his debut come on! I know Benson is playing better and got a hit, but all this platooning is just a little over the top. Even bringing Fraley in…a no hitter going I would think you keep that squad on the field. But just the way it is I should just accept it. I think some overhanging by Bell at times.

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    • Mark Moore

      Wasn’t he coming back from some injury time last season?

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    • Jeremiah

      I mean if he’s got to like 120 pitches in mid 7th or 8th and still pitching no hitter would they take him out, we will see

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    • Melvin

      Yeah. Montas is probably thinking about Bell, “Don’t you change ANYTHING. I got
      a 4 run lead with a no hitter going”….too late. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  48. Mark Moore

    2 outs. Base hit from Tyler. Time to score another run or three.

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  49. Melvin

    12 hits 2 Ks so far. Can we play all of our games in Colorado? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  50. DaveCT

    The Royals are reported to be looking for bullpen help. And they have some interesting right handed OF prospects.

    With Suter, Wilson, Young & Moll; then Diaz, Sims, Cruz, Pagan, Farmer, Martinez, Gibaut (IL), Legumina, Santillan, Roa, Spiers, & Zulueta, we do have depth and/or redundancy.

    Tyler Gentry, AAA, career .269/.381/.451 (OPS.832), MiLB

    Drew Waters, AAA, career .281/.348/.449 (OPS .797). MiLB

    Nick Loftin. AAA, career .274/.357/.442. (OPS.799), MiLB

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  51. Reddawg2012

    Just got home, turned on the game and saw what Montas is doing. Don’t worry, I immediately turned the game back off. I won’t be the one to ruin this for him and the team.

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  52. Dennis Westrick

    Frankie at 80 pitches thru 6! I would be happy with one more scoreless inning whether he gives up a hit or not!

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  53. Jeremiah

    Reds playing better and playing weaker opponents. Crazy this team having 30 hits in 2 days after how bad they’ve been offensive more most of the year. I wonder have the Reds played one of the tougher strengths of Schedule so far?

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    • Jeremiah

      Great effort Montas, hopefully can hold on for the win, be nice to see Montas go 8 innings but will see.

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  54. Dennis Westrick

    Well, there goes the No-No! Get the bullpen up! Ground control to Major Tom (Bell)!

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  55. LarkinPhillips

    Bell should have bullpen up and Montas batter at a time at this point.

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  56. Mark Moore

    Finish the 7th, Frankie. But first throw one at The Bull … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  57. Mark Moore

    SPENCER!!!!! Lost focus on the ball in anticipation of the rail.

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  58. Mark Moore

    At least one more to put it out of slam range, please

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  59. Dennis Westrick

    Great job by Montas to strand the runner at 2nd after the leadoff double! At 96 pitches, no reason to send him out for the 8th! But with Bell, you never know!

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  60. RedsGettingBetter

    It’s not even far easy to pitch 1-hit 7 scoreless frames at Coors field…

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  61. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs and Dirty Birds both losing in the 7th! Need to finish the job at hand!

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    • Oldtimer

      The Cardinals are the best NL Central team since the 1980s. Why would anyone call them Dirty Birds?

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  62. Mark Moore

    Who gets the 8th? Cruz? The forkball may have trouble biting in the thin air.

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  63. JA

    The three errors represents 3 outs, one inning. Thatโ€™d mean 8 innings work by Montas tonight

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    • Mark Moore

      I believe Candy got 2 errors on a single play, but I get what you are saying. Walks usually haunt. Errors come back to bite you in the butt.

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    • JB

      Actually 2 outs. Candy got a double error on the one play. He also added on 11 pitches to Montas total because of his blunder.

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  64. Dennis Westrick

    Cruz only ten (10) pitches to retire all 3 batters in order in the 8th! So, will Bell let him finish the job?

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    • Mark Moore

      We can only hope. He’s in the zone tonight from what I saw.

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    • BK

      Farmer hasnโ€™t pitched in 6 days, Sims hasnโ€™t pitched since Saturday, and Moll hasnโ€™t pitched since Friday. Perhaps multiple innings by Cruz wasnโ€™t the best plan tonight.

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  65. RedsGettingBetter

    Farmer is going to the 9th… crossed fingers and hold your bu…

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  66. Mark Moore

    This is why you can’t let up in Coors. Fraley had a shot at catching that one.

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  67. Indy Red Man

    Curious decision to go with Farmer since he hasn’t pitched in forever. Idk why he didn’t pitch last night? But we won and I cashed my bet easy $

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  68. Mark Moore

    And that’s a wrap for me tonight. Fun to watch until the end.

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  69. Melvin

    haha That was kind of a heart stopper. We won. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  70. VaRedsFan

    Cubs losing 5-0
    Now winning 7-6

    Luis Robert is back from injury for the Sox
    Homered tonight.
    Get him.

    Reply

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