All good things come to an end, and in Cincinnati, those things usually don’t last very long at all. The Reds (17-22) dropped the second game of Friday’s double header in Pittsburgh by a score of 4-3, ending their blazing two-game winning streak. Eugenio Suarez and Mike Moustakas did all they could, but the three unearned runs given up by Trevor Bauer proved to be the difference. Let’s discuss.
Tipping the Bauer-glass
Before you jump to blame Trevor Bauer for this loss, remember this: things could have gone very differently if Joey Votto had handled that throw from Jose Garcia to lead off the fourth inning. The next two batters popped out, but with Colin Moran still on first, the inning continued long enough for Anthony Alford to tie the game 2-2 with a triple. The Reds would never regain the lead.
Granted, the what-if game only takes you so far. But knowing Bauer’s competitive spirit, losing to the Pirates has got to hurt—especially in a game where he threw six innings with just four hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. It wasn’t his best performance, but the bad luck certainly didn’t help.
Pouncing on Ponce
While Bauer’s runs were somewhat suspect, the Reds’ bats earned every inch of their offensive output tonight. Suarez jumped on right-hander Cody Ponce early with a 409-foot, 103 mph missile to center field to put Cincinnati on top 2-0. In the 4th inning, Moustakas jumped on a change-up to the tune of 105 mph out to right field. It was a clutch moment for the Man They Call Moose.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 5, 2020
Unfortunately, after that, the offense didn’t have much left in the tank. They mustered an unimpressive four hits in the game, including the home runs. Most nights, that just won’t cut it against anyone.
Double Header Magic Update
After today, the Reds moved to 7-3 on the year in 7-inning double header games, despite splitting their last two. If my math checks out, this is still most likely among the best single-season marks in 7-inning games, ever. Definitely not enough people are talking about this, IMO. The Reds’ next exciting doubleheader opportunity comes a week from Monday, against—that’s right—the Pirates! So those swashbucklers better hide their gold, or whatever… because the Reds are coming to take it back (hey give me a break, it’s late).
Tomorrow’s first pitch comes at 7:05 p.m, as Anthony DeSclefani faces off against Trevor Williams.