TREVOR BAUER!!! I apologize for yelling, but wow. That outing by Trevor Bauer was one of the most exciting performances I have watched in a long time.
Bauer, on just three days rest, pitched eight innings of four hit, one run baseball while striking out 12 batters. It was his fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season.
Who else is PUMPED UP?!?! pic.twitter.com/DteeuCpg6s
— FOX Sports Cincinnati (@FOXSportsCincy) September 24, 2020
The offense allowed Bauer to pitch with the lead all game long thanks to a two-run Home Run by Joey Votto in the bottom of the first inning.
The long balls continued to fly throughout the game for the Reds as Jesse Winker hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and Eugenio Suarez busted it open with a three-run Home Run in bottom of the fifth to set the final score of 6-1.
You know the vibes. pic.twitter.com/rJzLT6CVQ6
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 24, 2020
The Brewers scored their lone run in the top of the fifth after Bauer allowed a leadoff walk to Daniel Vogelbach. Orlando Arcia then connected on a two-out RBI double that drove in Vogelbach.
Milwaukee threatened again in the sixth inning when Eugenio Suarez committed a throwing error followed by a single that put runners on first and third with nobody out. However, Trevor Bauer dug in and struck out the next three batters to end the inning.
After Bauer exited after 104 pitches and eight innings of work David Bell called on veteran left-hander Wade Miley. Miley, who had just been reinstated from the Injured List, allowed a leadoff single to begin the ninth inning. However, he quickly got a pop up and induced a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.
The Reds 6-1 victory moved them back above .500 to 29-28 on the season. Most importantly, they are now a game up in the National League Playoff standings over Milwaukee and their 6-4 record against the Brewers gives them the tiebreaker as well if needed.
After their final off day of the 2020 season tomorrow, the Reds will travel to Minnesota on Friday for a three game series against the Twins. Tyler Mahle is set to take the mound Friday night at 8:10 p.m. Eastern Time.
Get it trending. Already a National League Cy Young candidate heading in to tonight’s performance, Trevor Bauer tossed eight spectacular innings on short rest while striking out 12 batters. He now has 100 punch outs on the season in just 73 innings. He is now second in Major League Baseball in strikeouts and leads the National League.
Bauer is 5-4 with a 1.73 Earned Run Average. His ERA is the best in all of baseball after tonight’s outing.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 24, 2020
Going into tonight’s game, Bauer had pitched five times on three days rest but had never gone beyond five innings. He had allowed 17 runs in 18 innings over those five starts. There is still a chance he would pitch again on short rest Sunday if the Reds need a win to make the playoffs.
Living on the Long Ball
About to say bang so loud right now! pic.twitter.com/hsxJ17JIhY
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 23, 2020
Cincinnati has lived and died by the long ball all season long. Their 87 Home Runs are seventh in MLB, but they have scored by far the highest percentage of their runs via Home Run in baseball.
This series with the Brewers they really took things to a different level. The Reds scored EVERY RUN via Home Run in each of their three games with the Brewers, raising their season mark to 61.8% of their runs. Tonight’s game marks the 16th time this season Cincy has scored only on Home Runs.
The Reds remain in a log jam in the National League Wild Card standings after winning their 9th game in the last 11 tries. The St. Louis Cardinals also lost which moves Cincinnati into a tie for the second place spot in the NL Central, but the Cards hold the head-to-head tiebreaker after winning the season series 6-4.
In other notable action, the Phillies defeated the Nationals but are on the outside looking in. Philadelphia is a game behind the Reds for a wild card spot and a half of a game behind the Marlins to overtake the second playoff spot in the NL East.
The Braves took down the Marlins which moved Cincinnati a half game ahead in the standings. However, Miami holds on to the #6 seed in the playoff picture thanks to being the second place NL East team. Regardless of record, the Wild Card spots will be the #7 & #8 seeds.
Lastly, the San Francisco Giants won over the Colorado Rockies to keep pace in the Wild Card hunt. This is where all of this gets a little funky. The Giants as of this moment are the #7 seed and the Reds would be the #8 thanks to a fractional winning percentage advantage. However, that is because the Giants have played fewer games. The Reds hold the “real” tiebreaker thanks to 21-19 division record compared to the Giants 17-18 mark. So, the Giants will need to beat the Reds outright in order to make the playoffs.