Trevor Bauer put the Cincinnati Reds (29-28) on his back and dominated the Milwaukee Brewers (27-28) as he struck out 12 batters over 8.0 innings. The offense got big home runs from Joey Votto, Jesse Winker, and a game ender in the 5th inning from Eugenio Suárez that made it 6-1.

Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (27-28)
1 5 1
Cincinnati Reds (29-28)
6 6 1
W: Bauer (5-4) L: Houser (1-6)
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The Offense

Things started out with a bang. As in Votto still bangs. Joey hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning, smacking one 413 feet into the left center field seats. That’s where the score stayed until the 4th inning when Jesse Winker joined the home run parade with a solo shot – his 12th of the season – to make it 4-0.

The Brewers got a run back in the top of the 5th inning. Cincinnati wasn’t going to stand by and let that stand, but they did get a little bit of help along the way. Nick Castellanos reached on a throwing error, advancing him to second base after the throw got by the first baseman. That led to a pitching change to bring in left-handed reliever Alex Claudio to face Joey Votto. It was a plan that failed spectacularly as Claudio walked Votto on four pitches and had to remain in the game to face Eugenio Suárez. On the 4th pitch of that at-bat Suárez ran into a 75 MPH change up and put it into the seats for a 3-run homer to make it a 6-1 ballgame.

The Pitching

Trevor Bauer. Trevor Bauer. Trevor Bauer! The right-handed starter was going to throw on short rest for the first time this year. All he did was give up one run over 8.0 innings while striking out 12 batters with just one walk on 104 pitches. Total domination. He left the game after the 8th inning with a 1.73 ERA on the season, taking over the National League lead from Corbin Burnes (1.77). He also took over the league lead in strikeouts with the 12 from the game pushing him to an even 100 on the year.

Wade Miley, just activated this afternoon, took over for the 9th inning and holding on to a 6-1 lead. A grounder that rolled about 65 feet went for an infield single to lead off the inning. But Miley got Daniel Vogelbach to fly out before getting Keston Hiura to ground into a game ending double play.

Notes Worth Noting

With the win, should the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers wind up tied with each other at the end of the season (and no third team being tied with them), Cincinnati would own the tiebreaker.

The Reds have won 9 of their last 11 games and 10 of the last 13.

Trevor Bauer is a bad, bad man.

Wade Miley took the mound in relief during the regular season for the first time since 2012.

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