In what appears to be the second to last start for Trevor Bauer before the regular season begins, the right-handed pitcher dominated his teammates in an intrasquad scrimmage at Great American Ballpark on Thursday afternoon. Bauer allowed just one hit – a bloop double down the 1st base line by Aristides Aquino – in 5.1 innings (he faced an extra batter after getting three outs in the 5th so that he could reach his pitch count for the day). He also walked one hitter, but racked up eight strikeouts in those 5.1 innings pitched.
To say that Trevor Bauer had his stuff working today would be an understatement. He was in control all afternoon. Rob Friedman, sometimes better known as Pitching Ninja on twitter, shared this two-seamer that locked up Tyler Stephenson.
Trevor Bauer, Wicked Back Door Two Seamer. ? pic.twitter.com/84Np3NI0Pi
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 16, 2020
It wasn’t just the fastball that was working today for Bauer, though. This breaking ball that left Christian Colon doing a 360 was dirty and borderline unfair to throw to a teammate.
— OnBaseMachine (@RedsFan_Brandon) July 16, 2020
When Trevor Bauer is locked in, he’s definitely locked in. After pitching through an injury last season, hopefully for the Reds sake he’s fully healthy all year and they get to see a different version of himself than they saw after he was acquired at the trade deadline in July of 2019. Today very well could have been a preview of that.
Offensively there wasn’t a whole lot going on for either side. The away team won 1-0 on the back of an Aristides Aquino solo home run that landed in the first row of the seats in left-center field. That didn’t come until the top of the 6th inning off of Nate Jones. Aquino had a good showing at the plate on the day with a homer and a double. Nick Senzel also picked up two hits on the day – both singles – for the “home Reds”.