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SportBauer struggles, Reds lose 10th in row at Pirates' PNC Park

00:40  26 august  2019
00:40  26 august  2019 Source:   cincinnati.com

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Bauer struggles, Reds lose 10th in row at Pirates' PNC Park
Bauer struggles, Reds lose 10th in row at Pirates' PNC Park
Bauer struggles, Reds lose 10th in row at Pirates' PNC Park

PITTSBURGH – Pitching with the bases loaded in the second inning, Trevor Bauer shook off signs for 12 seconds before Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds stepped out of the box. After his next pitch, it was another 15 seconds of shaking his head before catcher Curt Casali made a mound visit.

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Bauer never found a rhythm Sunday.

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Reynolds lined a three-run triple off the right-field wall and the Reds hit rock bottom in their 2019 season. Bauer allowed eight hits and eight runs (seven earned) in three innings, his shortest start of the year.

Facing the team with the second-worst record in the National League, the Reds were swept in the three-game series after a 9-8 loss at PNC Park in front of a crowd of 22,349. The Reds have lost 10 of their last 14 games.

The Reds nearly rallied against the Pirates’ bullpen with a solo homer from Kyle Farmer in the sixth inning, a two-run homer from Josh VanMeter in the eighth and a solo homer by Eugenio Suárez in the ninth.

Despite the comeback attempt, the Reds are a season-high nine games under .500. They blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning Friday in a 3-2 walk-off loss, were crushed 14-0 Saturday and trailed by five runs after three innings Sunday.

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After taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, center fielder Phillip Ervin had a rough defensive inning. Kevin Newman hit a leadoff double and Reynolds followed with a single up the middle. On a routine throw toward the infield, Ervin tossed it well above the head of second baseman Freddy Galvis and it rolled to the dugout. Newman scored on the error and Reynolds raced to third base.

Reynolds scored on a sacrifice fly to center field. Ervin didn’t have a great chance of a play at the plate, but he airmailed the throw to the backstop.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the second inning with a walk, two-out single and a hit batsman. Bauer fell into a 3-1 count against Reynolds before he left an elevated 96-mph fastball over the heart of the plate. Reynolds didn’t miss it. Reynolds, a rookie, has 14 hits and nine RBI in 10 games against the Reds this season.

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In the third inning, four straight batters reached base against Bauer. There was an RBI double that shot down the third-base line. There was an infield single that escaped Bauer’s reach as he left his feet to dive for a ground ball. A run scored on a fielder’s choice when right fielder Aristides Aquino couldn’t hold onto an attempt at a sliding grab.

Bauer used 79 pitches to record nine outs. He’s allowed at least seven runs in three of his past six starts. His ERA rose to 4.34, which would be his highest season total since 2015.

Along with the final three innings in Saturday’s game, the Pirates produced six consecutive innings with two or more runs.

Down by three runs in the eighth inning, Curt Casali opened with a ground-rule double over the wall in left-center field. With two outs, VanMeter hammered the first pitch he saw from reliever Kyle Crick for a no-doubt, two-run homer that bounced into the Allegheny River beyond right field. He became the 36th player to hit a ball into the river since the park opened in 2001.

Nobody can accuse the Reds of not putting up a fight. VanMeter’s homer certainly injected some life into the dugout.

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The Pirates took a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth on Starling Marte's RBI double off reliever Amir Garrett, then Suárez responded with his 35th homer of the season. But Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez didn't give up another hit following Suárez's homer to complete the sweep.

The Reds will begin a four-game road series against the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m. Monday.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Trevor Bauer struggles, Cincinnati Reds swept by Pittsburgh Pirates

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