Ty Blach tries to right the Rockies ship again

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado RockiesMay 24, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Ty Blach (50) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. Mandatory credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies bounced back from the worst start in franchise history to almost respectability, but now they’re on a downward spiral again.

Colorado has dropped three in a row, but will look to put an end to that when it hosts the Cincinnati Reds in Denver on Tuesday night for the second of a three-game series. Cincinnati took the opener on Monday 13-3 for its second straight victory.

The Rockies send left-hander Ty Blach (2-2, 4.15 ERA) against Reds right-hander Frankie Montas (2-4, 4.60).

Blach will face Cincinnati for the seventh time in his career and will make his fourth start against the Reds. He is 0-1 with a 6.27 ERA in his previous six appearances against the National League Central club.

If he pitches like he has in his last two starts, Blach will likely end Colorado’s losing streak. The Denver native threw 6 2/3 innings against Philadelphia on May 24 and followed that with a season-high seven innings against Cleveland on Wednesday night.

He allowed just two runs in each game, both Rockies wins.

It’s a good sign for a pitcher who started the season in Triple-A before heading to Colorado in April. He worked out of the bullpen in three of his first four appearances and joined the rotation full-time on May 12 – earning the Rockies’ fourth straight win after they opened the season 8-28.

His struggles in spring training were one of the reasons he started the year in the minors, but that time helped him work through some issues.

“Unfortunately, I gave up some points late in games in big situations. That’s how it goes sometimes in the spring,” he said. “You don’t have the same scouting reports. You don’t know how to attack hitters, and everyone gets a feel for the game. So when I go to Albuquerque and I get the confidence that I can get guys out, it gives me confidence in this. “

Montas also pitched well, but took the loss to St. Louis in his final appearance on Wednesday, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings. Montas is in his first season in Cincinnati after playing just once for the New York Yankees in 2023: in the penultimate game of the season.

He made his Reds debut as a starter on Opening Day, pitching six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals, but went on the injured list in late April with right forearm tightness. Tuesday will be his sixth start since coming off the IL on May 7, and Cincinnati has lost all five of his previous starts.

Montas will make his fourth career start against the Rockies. He is 1-2 with a 5.02 ERA in the previous three outings.

If the offense produces the same results as Monday night, with a season full of points and hits, Montas could break his losing streak. The Reds are starting to thrive at the plate, and it coincides with the return of TJ Friedl, who had two hits in his 11th game of the season on Monday.

“The way he plays the game is very much in line with our style of play and what is important to us,” manager David Bell said. “He’s the center of all those things, in the clubhouse, on the field. He plays hard, competes and does whatever it takes to win.”

–Field-level media