|Cincinnati Reds (70-80)
|Arizona Dbacks (76-74)
|W: Bauer (11-12) L: Gallen (3-6) SV: Iglesias (31)
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Trevor Bauer was dominant for the Reds on Sunday afternoon, Eugenio Suarez went deep multiple times, and Raisel Iglesias took care of business at the end as Cincinnati took the final game and thus the series against Arizona.
With the Dbacks taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Reds took things into their own hands in the top of the 4th. Josh VanMeter cracked a solo home run to tie up the game at 1. Then Eugenio Suarez followed up with a solo homer of his own to give the Reds the lead. He wasn’t done for the day, either. In the top of the 6th inning he did it again, hitting a 456-foot home run way beyond the fence in left-center for his 47th home run of the season to give the Reds a 3-1 lead. That was all they would get on the day.
Eugenio Suarez was the only batter to reach base twice in the game, and he did so thrice. He crushed 2 home runs and he drew a walk. Phillip Ervin, Josh VanMeter, Aristides Aquino, and Trevor Bauer all had a hit in the game.
Trevor Bauer allowed just 1 run in the game as he put together his best start for the Reds. Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning, but that was the lone run that Bauer gave up in 8.0 innings. He allowed just 4 hits on the day, walked 1 batter, and he struck out 9.
Raisel Iglesias came on for the 9th inning with the Reds holding onto a 3-1 lead. He made quick and easy work, racking up 2 strikeouts in a perfect inning of work.
Notes Worth Noting
Josh VanMeter’s home run went 66.42 VanMeter’s (393 feet).
Eugenio Saurez has 47 home runs. This is important in a lot of ways. That ties him with Andres Galarraga for the most home runs hit in a season by a Venezuelan born player. It also puts him tied for 3rd on the Reds single season all-time list with Ted Kluszewski. He will need 2 more to tie another season of Kluszewski’s and 5 more to match George Foster’s team record of 52. If he hits 2 more home runs he’ll also set the National League record for most home runs hit as a third baseman in a season. Oh, and he’s also currently tied with Pete Alonso for the most homers in Major League Baseball this season. The home run was also his 100th RBI of the season for those of you who like big, round numbers. And for those of you who like steaks (get it? Rib Eye Steak).
Aristides Aquino threw out Wilmer Flores by *checks notes* 3 nautical miles.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 15, 2019
Raisel Iglesias save was his 31st of the year, setting a new career high for the Reds closer.
Trevor Bauer now has 245 strikeouts on the season between Cleveland and Cincinnati. That’s tied with his former teammate Shane Bieber for 3rd most in Major League Baseball as I type this.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs
Monday September 16th, 8:05pm ET
Sonny Gray (10-7, 2.80 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.89 ERA)