The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Trevor Bauer was simply sensational on the bump for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, slicing and dicing up the Chicago Cubs for 7.2 scoreless innings. Beyond just the depth in which he pitched was the excellence, as he allowed just a trio of hits - all singles - and nary a walk, fanning 10 in his 112 pitch outing.
It was precisely the kind of outing the struggling Reds needed, whether they pick up the pieces and move on positively, or not.
A very, very pertinent hat-tip is due to Mike Moustakas, too, whose 1st inning 3-run blast provided every single ounce of the official offense on the night.
- The Reds finally found some early offense in this one, jumping on Yu Darvish in the Top of the 1st. Darvish certainly helped them with walks to both Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker, while Moose later followed with a 3-run tater into the RF seats that gave the Reds an instant 3-0 lead. Thanks to Bauer, Lucas Sims, and a clean 9th inning from Raisel Iglesias, that was enough to make this all hold up.
- Shogo Akiyama had another pair of singles on the evening, and continues to look more and more comfortable at the plate of late.
- Thursday’s contest between the Cubs and Reds will feature the return to the bump for Sonny Gray, who was given a bit of extra rest after being rocked for the first time in forever in his last outing. He’ll be opposed by Chicago starter Adbert Alzolay, with first pitch again set for 8:15 PM ET.