Somehow the Reds are absolutely killing it this year, with a 9-4 win today putting their record at 42-26. One would assume that would come with a Trevor Bauer bounce-back year, but even with today’s quality outing he’s just 6-6 with a 5.14 ERA. Apparently the simulation can’t effectively quantify the value in being the most scientific player ever or whatever.
The star of the game was the offense, particularly Joey Votto and Nicholas Castellanos, who had seven hits between them of the 13 for the Reds on the game. Mike Moustakas also provided firepower, smacking a two-run double in the 5th that put the game out of reach for good. “I’m glad we can make our fans happy with a win,” Moustakas told the Cincinnati Bulletin.
Things did not start well for the Dodgers, as Julio Urias surrendered three runs in the first two innings of work and then had to leave the game with one out in the 3rd due to a sore elbow. He’ll miss five days for now and the Dodgers will hope it’s not worse.
That ended up taxing the pen, with Richard Rodriguez and Kenley Jansen both giving up a run in appearances lasting over an inning, and Pedro Baez having a meltdown in the 5th where he allowed four runs while recording only two outs.
On offense, they managed 11 hits, including homers from Corey Seager and Justin Turner, but could only push four runs across the plate. The Blue never mounted a threat on the game after the 5th, struggling to capitalize on chances. Well, at least Gavin Lux went 3-for-4, putting his average at .336 and setting him down the path to Rookie Of The Year honors.