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Trevor Bauer dominates Reds but Reds win

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Trevor Bauer dominated the Reds for eight innings tonight. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Indians, baseball games are nine innings long.

Bauer got the start for Cleveland and shut Cincinnati out on three hits, striking out 12 over eight innings. It was just the latest of many dominant performances by the Indians starter, but then the bullpen — which has, quite surprisingly, been a sore spot all year for the Tribe — imploded.

The Reds entered the ninth inning trailing 4-0, facing Cody Allen in a non-save situation. And then this happened:

  • Scooter Gennett was hit by a pitch;
  • Eugenio Suarez hit an infield single;
  • Two outs happened — two outs!
  • Jose Peraza singled to knock in a run;
  • Adam Duvall doubled to knock in two more;
  • Scott Schebler was intentionally walked;
  • Dilson Herrera walked, forcing in a run;
  • Allen was replaced by Dan Otero;***** see update!
  • Joey Votto doubled in THREE runs;
  • Scooter Gennett came up again and was intentionally walked; and
  • Eugenio Suarez singled in a run.

The inning ended on that play, with Gennett getting thrown out at third, but the damage was done by then. The Reds were up 7-4, that would hold through the bottom of the ninth and Cincinnati won.

I haven’t seen Trevor Bauer’s postgame quotes yet, but I imagine his inner monologue is pretty amazing right now.

UPDATE: So, Dan Oteo — a righty — faced Joey Votto — a lefty — and gave up that three-run double. Turns out he wasn’t supposed to be the guy in the game:

The Indians are the best team in the AL Central this year, y’all. Says a lot more about the AL Central than it does the Indians.

Dodgers acquire Manny Machado from Orioles for five minor leaguers

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The Orioles and Dodgers finally completed the trade involving Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers: Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon, and Breyvic Valera.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.

MLB Pipeline rated Diaz as the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect and No. 84 across baseball. Kremer was No. 27 in the Dodgers’ system and Bannon was No. 28.

Diaz, 21, is considered the centerpiece of the trade. The outfielder hit .314/.428/.477 with 20 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, and 36 runs scored in 264 plate appearances at Double-A Tulsa this season.

Kremer, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2016 draft. He spent most of his season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga before earning a promotion to Tulsa earlier this month. Overall, in 17 starts, the right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA with a 125/29 K/BB ratio in 86 innings.

Pop, 21, was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. He has spent his season between Rancho Cucamonga and Single-A Great Lakes. Overall, he compiled a 1.04 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 13 walks in 43 1/3 innings of relief.

Bannon, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2017 draft. With Rancho Cucamonga this season, the infielder batted .296/.402/.559 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 403 PA.

Valera, 26, has appeared in 20 games at the major league level for the Dodgers this season, batting a meager .172 with a .445 OPS in 34 PA. Valera has versatility, having played second base, third base, and corner outfield this year while also having experience in center field, shortstop, and first base.