Good pitchers win games when they have their “stuff” working. We witnessed that from Trevor Bauer in his first start this season against the Detroit Tigers when he struck out 13 in 6 1/3 innings of work. Great pitchers win games when they don’t have their best stuff but find a way to compete and get outs. That is the Trevor Bauer that Reds fans got this evening in Game 2 of their double-header against the Tigers.
Bauer wasn’t super sharp in his first few innings on the mound. He allowed base runners in each of those frames giving up two hits and also walking two batters. The Tigers never really threatened to score, but Bauer was racking up the pitch count and was visibly frustrated on the mound at times. In fact, in his post game press conference, Bauer said “I had to lobby for the 4th, the 5th, the 6th, and the 7th” and that “nobody was taking me out of that game.”
After those three innings though, Bauer was mowing people down. He didn’t allow a hit in his final four innings of work and retired the last thirteen batters he faced. Bauer finished the game throwing what will officially go down as a complete game shutout while striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
Just as they did in Game 1, the Reds jumped on the board in the top of the 1st inning when Eugenio Suarez blasted a 2-out double to the wall in Center Field and then Matt Davidson finished off an outstanding at-bat with a RBI single. In the 2nd inning the Reds added another run after a Christian Colon leadoff double was followed by a bloop single by Aristides Aquino to take a 2-0 lead.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 2, 2020
Neither side could get anything going at the plate until the Reds tacked on two big insurance runs in the top of the 7th inning. Curt Casali reached via a hit by pitch and then Nick Senzel ripped a double into the left-centerfield gap to put guys on second and third. With the Tigers infield drawn in to try keep the Reds from scoring, Christian Colon hit a single right up the middle to drive in two additional runs to set the eventual final score of 4-0.
Trevor Bauer is FUN
7-inning complete game shutout mood pic.twitter.com/CfmIdz0rjR
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 3, 2020
Reds fans should make watching Trevor Bauer’s starts appointment television. Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo are incredible and have some nasty stuff, but the way Bauer competes is just special. Yes, he runs is mouth on Twitter some (it is mostly awesome) and he rarely smiles, but this dude means business when he is on the mound.
Again, he didn’t necessarily start today looking like a guy who would go the distance and toss a shutout, but he found a way to get the job done. After starting to rely a little more on his Slider as the game went on Bauer was able to sit down thirteen straight batters to close out the game and record his second career complete game shutout.
Christian Colon Steps Up
— Joey Votto (@EvilJoeyVotto) August 2, 2020
The right side of the Reds infield is a little banged up right now. Joey Votto self-reported some Coronavirus symptoms this morning and was placed on the Injured List as he undergoes further testing. Then, in Game 1 today, Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch and has a “left forearm injury” which removed him from the game and kept him out of the lineup in the second game of the double-header. Enter Christian Colon. Colon, who has spent the vast majority of his professional baseball career in the Minor Leagues, but made the roster for the Reds this year and showed that he belonged tonight. After roping a double and scoring a run in the second inning, Colon drove in two runs with a single in the 7th inning to tack on to the Cincinnati lead.
Double-Header = Double the Fun
Two games, two dubs… #ATOBTTR!
FINAL: Reds 4, Tigers 0! #TakeTheCentral
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 3, 2020
The Reds made history today by not only playing in the first ever scheduled 7-inning double-header but also sweeping the two games. Today was the first double-header sweep by the Reds since 1999. After starting the day 2-5, it definitely feels good to end the day within a game of .500 at 4-5.
Castellanos' 9-game hitting streak is the longest in the Major Leagues to start this season.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) August 2, 2020
Also notable from today’s double-dip, Right Fielder Nick Castellanos extended his season long hitting streak to nine games. After hitting two Home Runs in Game 1, Castellanos singled in 4th inning to keep the streak alive. He was also robbed of a 2-RBI double in the top of the 6th inning by a SportsCenter Top 10 Play from Detroit Right Fielder Travis Demeritte. Castellanos is batting a team leading .387 with an On-Base Percentage of .472.
Battle for Ohio Begins
The Reds return to Great American Ball Park tomorrow evening to face the rival Cleveland Indians in a four game set. The first two games will be in Cincinnati at GABP before traveling to Cleveland for the final two games of the series. Tomorrow night at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time Reds ace Sonny Gray will take the mound across from Right-Hander Zach Plesac. Gray is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA so far this season.