It’s a rare thing in Colorado, but Frankie Montas had nearly everything working for him on Tuesday night at Coors Field and took a no-hitter deep into the game against the Rockies. Cincinnati’s offense pounded out 12 hits and scratched together four runs – more than enough on this day – as the Reds picked up a 4-1 win in the second game of their 3-game set with the Rockies.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (28-33)
4 12 3
Colorado Rockies (21-39)
1 3 0
W: Montas (3-4) L: Blach (2-3)
Box Score | Game Thread

The Reds didn’t waste much time on Tuesday night as Spencer Steer doubled in Stuart Fairchild in the top of the 1st inning to put Cincinnati on top. Two innings later they would pad their lead when Elly De La Cruz hit a 448-foot home run into the trees beyond the wall in center.

In the 4th inning the Reds kept it going with RBI singles by Luke Maile and Stuart Fairchild that made it 4-0. There was something else going on at that point, though. Frankie Montas had a perfect game going through the first three innings. He would lose that with a 2-out walk to Ryan McMahon, but rebounded with a strikeout to end the inning and keep the no-hitter alive.

During the bottom of the 5th inning the Rockies mounted their first threat of the game when Brenton Doyle reached on a set of errors by Jeimer Candelario on the same play as he bobbled the grounder at third and then threw the ball by first base and allowed Doyle to reach second base. Montas followed up with a walk to put two men on with two outs, but he was able to get a lazy fly ball into shallow right field to end the inning.

The next inning was another 1-2-3 inning for the Reds starter as he picked up his 8th strikeout of the day to end the 6th and keep his no-hit bid going while sitting at just 80 pitches. It wasn’t meant to be on this day, though, as Elias Diaz took an inside fastball and lined a double into the gap to break up the no-hitter to begin the 7th inning. Montas, who had some of his best stuff working on the night, worked around the double and completed the inning while holding onto a 4-0 lead.

With the no-hitter no longer in play, the Reds went to their bullpen in the 8th and handed things over to Fernando Cruz. Jake Cave lined out on the first pitch he saw to begin the inning and then Cruz struck out the next two batters to end the frame.

Buck Farmer took over in the bottom of the 9th inning to try and seal the win. After recording the first two outs it was once again Elias Diaz providing some offense for the Rockies as he picked up his second hit of the day with a line drive back up the middle. He took second base on defensive indifference. Brendan Rodgers then followed up with a doubled off of the warning track just out of the reach of Jake Fraley that brought Diaz around and made it 4-1. A fly out to Will Benson in left field ended the game, guaranteeing the Reds a series win with a chance to pick up a sweep on Wednesday afternoon.

Key Moment of the Game

Given how well he pitched, the key moment of the game was when David Bell wrote Frankie Montas in the “Starting Pitcher” spot on the lineup card and handed it to the umpire.

Notes Worth Noting

Frankie Montas lowered his ERA to 4.00 with his shutout performance. His nine strikeouts were a season high and just the second time in his 11 starts he had more than five in a game this year. The nine strikeouts were the most by Montas since May 26th of 2022 when he had 11 against Texas.

The Reds had 12 hits on the day. Nine players had a hit for Cincinnati on the day. Only Blake Dunn, who was making his big league debut, went hitless among the starters. Dunn only had two at-bats as he was pinch hit for later in the game by Will Benson when a right-handed pitcher entered the game.

Cincinnati has now won eight of their last 11 games, two straight series, and three of their last four series.

The Reds didn’t walk for the second consecutive game.

There has only been one no-hitter thrown in Coors Field history. Hideo Nomo accomplished that feat back in 1996 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It wasn’t the cleanest day for the defense as they committed three errors on the night.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Colorado Rockies

Wednesday June 5th, 3:10pm ET

Graham Ashcraft (4-3, 4.76 ERA) vs Dakota Hudson (2-7, 5.02 ERA)

78 Responses

  1. Votto4life

    Nice win. Looks like the Reds are about make up ground again tonight. Hopefully, the Reds can beat up on the Cubs this weekend.

  2. doofus

    The team seems to be coming alive. Now is the time to deal for Crochet, Robert and Kopech. And, add further depth with Hunter Harvey and Robert Hassell. The depth in the farm is there. Let’s git ‘er done.

  3. Red Lasso

    Mission accomplished… Reds win the series in Colorado… now let’s get greedy and break out the brooms on Wednesday!

  4. Brian

    Taking 3 out of the next 4 would be huge. Win the next 4 and they’re probably in 2nd place.

  5. Brian

    My bad, it’s 4 games with the cubs. Win tomorrow and then 3 out of 4 against the Cubs would be very acceptable.

  6. Mneumeis

    Nice win. Not sold on writer to Reds, but appreciate Doug being a fan. Opinion ok, but history lacks. Appreciate the site, though.

    • Mneumeis

      when you lack experience of history, you use numbers, as if you were there; and you were not. So now a Reds fan with a blog. Phony.

      • Doug Gray

        But also, what the heck are you talking about

      • Votto4life

        A good writer is able to communicate clearly. Doug does that quite effectively. You,
        not so much, at least not in this thread.

      • DW

        Really buddy??? I challenge you to find a better Reds site than this one. Doug does an amazing job. Enjoy your hangover when you wake up tomorrow afternoon.

      • Melvin

        I know Doug would like to have a history of being there when the Reds were winning like most of us have and being able to fall back on those memories when times are tough like most of us can. haha 🙂 Never give up hope. 😉

      • CallowayPost

        I got a little more drunk reading these comments.

        I disagree, Doug is great at painting a picture. Even when using numbers, he doesn’t just vomit out stats for no reason.

        But hey, we’ve all been there when it comes to drinking while watching this time.

      • 2020ball

        Of all the things I comment on here that I think are ridiculous, this might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read.

        The game isnt the same as it was in whatever time period you think it was “historical”. There’s new history being written in front of your eyes and youre choosing to ignore it, willfully or ignorantly…. or maybe both. Let it go, and even if not, why even comment at all?

      • JB

        One thing I’ve noticed, through the years on social media ,is that when the hours get late in the evening the drunks get mean. Seek help my friend.

      • Chad A Donnell

        I will take Doug’s “” phony over you being a jerk. I have a helluva lot of history with this team. Doug has created a place for us to sound off. Kudos to DG!

      • LDS

        And your grasp of history @Mneumeis? As one of the many fans here that have been around since the Reds were good, I think Doug does a pretty good job. Sure, sometimes I think he might be a little more upbeat on things than some of us here. But that’s part of what it takes to build an audience. And how much is written to stimulate debate vs. simply expressing his own opinions. I’m sure there’s some of both. When you combine the time he puts into this site along with MiLB sister site, he’s luck if he’s matching the minimum wage on an hourly basis. So, troll elsewhere, you’re kind of mismatched here.

    • Oldtimer

      Baloney. Doug has an appreciation for baseball history going back more than 100 years,

    • Luke J

      What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • stuckonthenorthshore

        I painted the duck blue Miss Lippy because I’ve never seen a blue duck before, and I wanted to see what a blue duck looked like

      • Mort

        This was the exact quote I thought of when reading this. Hilarious. What is the guy even trying to get across here? Hopefully he slept it off.

  7. rednat

    this is about the same time last year that the reds had their historic win streak. lets start another 12 game win streak and get back to first place! and keep it this time!

    • 2020ball

      This team is exactly a winning streak from turning this around. Teams go through this every year and the ones there at the end typically have some electric stretches. Its not out of reach for this team given their pitching. That doesnt mean I think this is a tier 1 team, but they’re fully capable of competing in the tier 2 range.

      but yeah… the only response to this is a bit ho-hum on the positivity. 2 months in and RLN has thrown in the towel, shut down the season, all is lost, etc.

      • DHud

        I’m starting to get more and more on board with the “Ashcraft to the bullpen” idea. Really been dismissive of it until now because I love the fact that he takes the ball every 5th day and gives 5 competitive innings

        But he seems to be battling constantly through his starts and his “bulldog” mentality (man I hate cliches…) could be nails in the backend of the pen

        Pending development of Williamson (check), Petty, and Lowder, flip Diaz this offseason and pencil Ashcraft in as backfill closer

      • DHud

        2020ball this was supposed to be in response to a comment below about Ashcraft starting today…not sure how it got here

  8. RedlegScott

    The Phoenix rises? We shall see.

  9. 2020ball

    Game threads for wins are always such a low number of comments…..

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s a later start time, so naturally there are less comments.
      Nice try though.

      • ChrisInVenice

        See, CAN bring negativity to this thread. So there.

  10. TR

    An up and down two months of the season are in the books, and a real positive is the pitching. Well done, Frankie Montas, and good relief pitching.

  11. Reddawg2012

    I was feeling great until I realized Ashcraft starts today lol. Still though, great wins these last couple games. The Rockies recently won series against the Phillies and Guardians at Coors, so it’s not like they are pushovers at home.

    The Reds also have the third best run differential of any NL non-division leader. So that’s something.

  12. GreatRedLegsFan

    Excellent showing by Montas, the pitching staff continues to impress, it’s been effective and reliable, and there’s enough depth to endure the season. With Williamson, Spiers and Young ready in AAA, plus Pagan soon to return from IL, it’ll be a good problem to have and even more interesting how they’ll manage the roster.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Stuey on a nice run. Steer 10 for 18 in June. Stephenson looks the best he’s looked in a few years. Starters are healthy and giving quality innings so maybe things are coming together? They’re 4-5 in division so if they can compete there then they’ll be in the mix in September

    • Indy Red Man

      Stephenson is hitting .323 since May 13

    • DHud

      This may be the best I’ve EVER seen Stephenson

  14. GreatRedLegsFan

    The imminent return of Marte and CES means that, more likely, Hurtubise and Dunn will be optioned. Later, upon McClain’s return, it may be Espinal being offset of the roster.

    • wkuchad

      Can Espinal be optioned? If yes, he could go down for Marte. If no, you’re likely correct about Hurtubise and Dunn.

  15. AllTheHype

    Most of those batting averages are looking somewhat respectable all of a sudden, given what the rest of the league looks like as well.

    • Redsvol

      I’m glad you brought this up ATH. hitting is atrocious across the league this year. Not many teams have hitters over an .800 ops.

      Even with that, the offense has been poor compared to the rest. Losing huge chunks of your lineup for long periods will do that. Getting 1 guy back every 2 weeks from last week until trade deadline is going to have a big impact on that.

      I keep being impressed with starting pitching. Anytime a team has above average starting you’re going to have a good chance to make the playoffs. Biggest change needed is improved bullpen performance. Got to do better in 1 run games. Perhaps Lowder or ashcraft to bullpen at some point. A trade will also happen at the deadline but that might be too late if Diaz doesn’t turn it around.

      • AllTheHype

        Reds now have 6 starters with OPS+ 100 (league average) or more and one more part time player (Fairchild) over and another starter (India) just under.

        Hard to believe actually. But a good couple weeks for a few guys (Candy, India, Steer, Stephenson) has them looking respectable on offense.

      • Jim Walker

        Stu went to 103 OPS+ after his Tuesday game. His overall OPS+ is now better than Fraley’s (100 OPS+). The incredible part of Stu’s current run is that his 2024 strong side OPS is .200+ better than Fraley’s strong side OPS but Fraley’s weak side OPS is .250 better than than Fairchild’s weak side.

        Go figure. Maybe because 36% of Fairchild’s PAs are from his weak side but only 19% of Fraley’s are from his weak side??

  16. Steven Ross

    I would expect Maile being the catcher for Montas going forward. Looks like they some simpatico going on.

    A one-hitter and shutout at Coors Field would have been nice…Buck Farmer! Jeez.

    • Pharmer85

      Buck sure makes things interesting (scary?). Faced 5 batters and yielded 4 hard hit balls. Thankfully Reds able to run them down

    • wkuchad

      Farmer has been our 3rd most used pitcher out of the bullpen with a 2.60 ERA. I’ll give him a pass for last night.

  17. Doc4uk

    Williamson not far off. Likely Farmer is sent down? Now will the reds go to six man rotation or drop Ash to a closer or late inning role?

    • wkuchad

      Farmer can’t be optioned. I hope they don’t consider a 6 man rotation. I would option Williamson to Louisville to have him ready once one of our 5 starters hits the IL.

      • VaRedsFan

        Yes, it’s inevitable that one or more of them will require some IL time. Keep BWill as depth in AAA.

    • VaRedsFan

      Ash has shown in his 2 years, the ability to emerge from an in season funk to become lights out for extended stretches. I’d give him a little more rope as a starter.

      The back end of the bullpen needs bolstering. I’d prefer the trade route. Mason Miller, would be at the top of my list. The sooner the better, don’t wait until the trade deadline to pursue these guys.

  18. Pharmer85

    Buck sure makes things interesting (scary?). Faced 5 batters and yielded 4 hard hit balls. Thankfully Reds able to run them down.

  19. PhoenixPhil

    Can we all agree the Reds are the best last placed team?

  20. Roger Garrett

    Great outing by Frankie as he was dominate.Quick turn around today and its the get away day if you will.I don’t like them because often all teams are already on the plane.This is a big big game IMO.We head home 4 under or 6 under and we need to be 4 under badly.Hope the lineup reflects the urgency of this game.GO REDS

  21. Mark Moore

    Worth delaying lights out for me (I even got in a short chapter in the nightly book).

    Frankie did well. Yes, it’s the Rocks but their recent home track record has been solid. To hold them to a single run through 9 last night is pretty amazing.

    Easier game to watch today given my spread of meetings. Series wins are great. Sweeps in “enemy territory” are better.

    Thanks to Doug and the entire RLN team for keeping this site running and civil. I may have to rethink a visit to DC in July after all (hotel prices are pretty high, that’s the downside).

  22. redfanorbust

    First off thanks to Doug for his hard work and this site, always appreciated.
    Reds coming together is great to see. So hard for any team to lose many of it’s best players for extended periods and still be in the running for wild card etc…
    So glad to have TJ back. I really think he gives us some air of confidence and adds an entire new dimension to the team. Ditto CES and especially when we get Mclain back.
    Marte of course will be great to have back but he will not be eligible for the playoffs which I think is definitely overkill on the punishment scale. Missing 80 games for first offense is plenty enough IMO.

    • west larry

      I agree. A 80 game suspension for a first time ped conviction is a severe penalty. Also not being allowed to participate in post season play is a bit of a overkill.

  23. AllTheHype

    Is Frankie worth a back end top 100 prospect, like say Druw Jones plus some? DBacks could use some pitching, rather desperately.

    Or Guardians, also in need of someone like Frankie for like Ralphy Velazquez and some?

    If I’m Krall, I’m probably calling a few peers and seeing if they heard about Frankie’s one hitter thru 7 at Coors. There can be no question his shoulder is fine and his game is on the up.

    • west larry

      You can’t have too much pitching. I’d keep him unless the offer is overwhelming.

      • TR

        Agreed. A competitive club can never have too much healthy pitching.

      • VaRedsFan

        Keep for 2 months…if the Reds have no chance, then it would be OK to move him.

  24. LDS

    Playing bad teams is just what the Reds needed. Unfortunately, the annual pattern may be emerging – a really good June followed by a decent July and then the annual 2nd half collapse into oblivion and of course, another promotion or extension to one of the good old boys in the inner circle. As for Montas, it’s time Krall to shop him, coming off last night’s performance – his second outstanding start of the year. Move him while he’s hot. And MBE taking another week off? She’s probably the only writer that keeps this crowd civilized.

    • Mauired

      Mostly true LDS but Reds are two games out of playoffs. The Cubs actually have that final spot at the moment. Lots of baseball to go.

      A few weeks ago when Reds were trending for worst record in the league, I was definitely starting to think selloff but the fact is they don’t have to win the division, just getting into the playoffs is a major accomplishment for this franchise and a step in the right direction.

      Two games out, Reds will not be trading Montas (unless they sink again) but don’t worry they will still probably get a top 30 pick when they make him a qualifying offer and he gets a ridiculous contract somewhere else.

    • Still a Red

      Taking a cursory look at the pitch-by-pitch on gameday summary, during the slump the opposing pitchers were hitting the corners, getting first pitch strikes, and throwing a bunch of knuckle curves. These last two games the pitches seem more in peoples wheel-houses, sinkers that dont sink, etc.. Good pitchers vs. average pitchers.

  25. Pete

    David Bell’s squads are typically good, and sometimes very good, when the pressure is off. The minute the pressure is on they seem to wilt. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, I don’t know. Thus, we have horrible starts to a season and we end seasons poorly. I think your observation is on the target.

      • LDS

        Good thoughts – June is about the least consequential month on the schedule – heading to midseason – nothing really decided. A different manager would handle this differently, but Bell’s our guy in perpetuity – results don’t matter. Only empty rhetoric and gate receipts count.

    • Jim Walker

      I agree with the sentiment that Bell’s teams get better results when no one is expecting them to do well. This is why I have gone on the record that he needs to be replaced if the current cycle of Reds players are ever going to achieve to their apparent abilities on the field.

      He had 2 gold plated opportunities, in 2021 and ’23, to marshal his forces and make the playoffs and came up empty both times.

      • Still a Red

        I know other teams suffer injuries too but in 2021, Castellanos missed a few games near the end and 2023 McLain went down and Diaz burned out. But I get your point. Also, the after-All Star slump has been troublesome for some time. You really do want to come out of the blocks strong.

  26. Redgoggles

    Was there any stated reasons behind re-inserting Lodolo into the rotation beside Abbott? I would think it would be more advantageous to all to split the LHs. Ashcraft has a tough act to follow!