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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.

Report: Yankees J.A. Happ, closing in on a three-year deal

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UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.

10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.

Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.

With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.