Trio of Reds prospects combine on no-hitter for Dayton

Trio of Reds prospects combine on no-hitter for Dayton

A trio of Reds prospects combined to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Class A Dayton's history as the Dragons topped Bowling Green, 2-0, on Saturday.

Scott Moss set the tone early and struck out five through six frames before handing the ball to Carlos Machorro, who fanned three in two perfect innings. Brian Hunter then came for the ninth and retired the side in order to notch his fourth save and complete the no-hitter.

"The first inning, I was kind of fighting myself, through my mechanics at least," Moss told MiLB.com. "Honestly, I was thinking too much about mechanics instead of going out there and pitching," Moss said. "Just working around guys on base and knowing that I can get ground balls or flyouts and just throwing the pitches that I wanted to throw was the biggest key."

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The no-hitter was the second of the season for the Reds' organization as the club's No. 9 prospect Tyler Mahle threw a perfect game for Double-A Pensacola on April 22.

The Dragons offense gave the pitching staff a couple of early runs as Hector Vargas drove in a run in the second and Tyler Stephenson (No. 7 prospect) came through with an RBI double in the third. Those two runs were the only ones necessary as the trio of pitchers cruised the rest of the way.

The strong start was nothing new to Moss, the Reds' fourth-round pick from the 2016 Draft. The 22-year-old lefty has been throwing well lately, giving up one earned run or fewer in each of his past six starts.

Moss threw 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes and improved to 6-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.91 through nine starts.

Machorro, like Moss, has been in a rhythm lately. Following Saturday's performance, the 20-year-old hasn't allowed a hit in four of his past five appearances, including each of his past three.

Hunter, who is now 4-for-4 in save opportunities, made quick work of the Hot Rods, striking out one and throwing six of his 10 pitches for strikes to close things out.

"Honestly, I didn't even see the hit column until about the middle of the fifth," Moss said. "You go straight to the catcher, Cassidy Brown, calling the right pitches and doing everything right as a catcher. And that's who you have to thank for this."

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.