The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Trevor Bauer logged 7 innings of 2 ER ball on the night, and this loss was clearly not on the shoulders of the Cincinnati Reds ace. He fanned 5 against a lone walk and allowed just 5 hits on the day, though unfortunately a pair of those hits were solo dingers from the Chicago White Sox.
Aside from that, the pickin’s were slim on the Reds ledger. Joey Votto deserves to be honorably mentioned, I suppose, as he had a pair of singles and added a walk, in the process upping his season OPS to a respectable .812.
- The Reds left a handful of baserunners stranded in the early portion of the game, and that came back to bite them in the Top of the 5th. That’s when Bauer was tagged for solo dingers by both Nomar Mazara and Tim Anderson, and the Reds were behind, 2-0.
- Anderson struck again in the Top of the 8th, this time off reliever Robert Stephenson. For the second time on the night, it was a solo shot over the wall in CF, this time just over the outstretched arm of Nick Senzel. Yasmani Grandal then backed up Anderson with a solo blast of his own, before Jose Abreu backed up both Anderson and Grandal with a solo dong of his own. Reds trailed, 5-0, which is unfortunately how things finished.
- Thus endeth the Reds win streak. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates being the Pittsburgh Pirates, they crapped the bed, blew a lead, and let the St. Louis Cardinals walk away with a win. There are umpteen permutations to factor in regarding the playoff chase, but it’s safe to say the Reds really need to get back to their winning ways tomorrow...
- Sunday’s series finale will feature Michael Lorenzen with another turn in the makeshift rotation for the Reds. Chicago will coutner with Dylan Cease, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM ET.