Reds reliever Kevin Gausman tossed an “immaculate inning” — recording three outs by strikeout on nine pitches — in the ninth inning of Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Cardinals. Gausman faced Yairo Muñoz, pinch-hitter Dexter Fowler, and Tommy Edman to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.
Gausman is the first Reds pitcher to toss an immaculate inning since Drew Storen on April 18, 2017 against the Orioles. He’s the sixth pitcher this season to toss an immaculate inning. The Nationals’ Stephen Strasbug had been the last one to do it, on July 3 against the Marlins.
The ninth was Gausman’s second inning of relief. He also struck out the side in the eighth inning. Since joining the Reds from the Braves, Gausman has allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”