Reds pitching was largely brilliant last night. Anthony DeSclafani allowed only one hit and one run (a triple followed by a sac fly), and Joel Kuhnel pitched a perfect inning of relief.
If you’re counting, that means Reds pitching allowed only one hit... and still lost. In fact, according to Bobby Nightengale and Elias, the Reds are the first team in MLB history to allow only one baserunner in a nine inning game and still lose.
It’s 2019 distilled into one game.
Anyway, the Reds will turn to Trevor Bauer for a chance at the series win. Bauer’s been largely awful since being acquired by the Reds at the trade deadline, but he had pretty decent stuff his last time out (though two of the hits he gave up were dingers). You’ll recall Trevor Bauer used to pitch for these Arizona Diamondbacks, which is a fact that I thought I would share.
The Diamondbacks will give the ball to Zac Gallen. Gallen was involved in the Cardinals trade with Miami for Marcell Ozuna, before Miami shipped him to Arizona earlier this season. He’s been really good this season, pitching a total of 74.1 IP of 2.66 ERA ball. His performance has actually improved since coming to Arizona, as his K9 and BB9 both went in positive directions while his FIP fell from 3.57 with Miami to 2.79 with Arizona. We’re talking about a fairly small sample for each, but he’s been perfectly fine thus far.
Joey Votto has the day off in this one, and Michael Lorenzen is getting another start in CF. Which is, something, for sure.