The Reds entered play on Friday having not scored in 23 consecutive innings. David Bell put out a lineup that featured Matt Davidson, Curt Casali and Christian Colon in the heart of the order. The Reds of course scored 6 runs in the 2nd inning, started off by a Kyle Farmer RBI-double and capped with a Matt Davidson 3-run bomb. Trevor Bauer continued his dominance, and he is a legit early season NL Cy Young candidate. The three game losing streak is over.
|Milwaukee Brewers (5-6)||3||5||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (6-8)||8||9||0|
|W: Bauer (2-0) L: Lauer (0-1)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Matt Davidson’s 3-run home run with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, giving the Reds a 6-0 lead. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 14.6% (from 76.7% to 91.3%).
Players of the Game
Trevor Bauer: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 12 K, 2.20 FIP
How good has Trevor Bauer been? He has started off 2020 by allowing 2 runs in 19.1 innings (0.93 ERA) with 32 strikeouts and just 4 walks.
Matt Davidson had two hits, including a 3-run home run. Davidson does have a career .796 OPS vs LHP (.882 in 113 PA last year), so it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that he is a solid hitter against lefties.
Nick Castellanos just had another casual two more extra base hits (2B & HR). He now has 16 RBI’s through the Reds first 14 games.
Eugenio Suarez reached based twice (1 hit, 1 walk). Jesse Winker had 2 hits and now has a 4-game hit streak. That is obviously a very welcome sign. The Reds really need those guys. Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.
The injury bug continues to hit the Reds. Nick Senzel had to leave with a groin strain. It looked the same thing happened to Pedro Strop. David Bell said that Mike Moustkas is out until at least Tuesday. Uncle.
The Reds bullpen just couldn’t have a clean night. Lucas Sims gave up a 2-run bomb to Christian Yelich. He did have to rush to enter the game after Strop left hurt.
Not so random thoughts………..
Luis Castillo might be the Reds third best pitcher.
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) August 8, 2020
Reds at Brewers
Saturday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Anthony DeSclafani (0.00 ERA) vs Brett Anderson (6.00 ERA)