Trevor Bauer pitched a complete-game shutout to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader in Detroit on Sunday.
Following a 4-3 win in the first game, the Reds swept both ends of a historic modern-day twin bill where each game lasted seven innings, per new rules for doubleheaders established for this shortened season.
The last time a doubleheader in MLB took place where each game lasted fewer than nine innings was in 1912 - though those games were shortened due to weather and darkness, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single with two outs by Matt Davidson, who singled on the 10th pitch of the at-bat against Tigers starter Daniel Norris.
Cincinnati then went ahead 2-0 in the second inning on an RBI single by Aristides Aquino, although the Reds did leave the bases loaded when Eugenio Suarez flied out to left to end the inning. But that missed opportunity ultimately didn’t cost the Reds.
Leading 2-0 going into the seventh, Cincinnati added two insurance runs, taking a 4-0 lead on a two-run single by Christian Colon. Colon and Kyle Farmer each had two hits and Nick Senzel doubled twice to lead the offensive attack for the Reds, who had 11 hits and left 11 men on base.
The offensive output was more than enough support for Bauer. In seven dominant innings, Bauer allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked two to earn his first win of the season. Bauer threw 111 pitches and retired his last 13 batters of the game.
Making his first start of the year after testing positive for Covid-19 in early July, Norris didn’t make it out of the second inning, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Harold Castro and Jody Mercer recorded the only hits of the game for the Tigers, both singles.
Judge’s homers power Yankees
to sweep of Red Sox
Aaron Judge hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the eighth inning, and the host New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 9-7 victory Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
Judge hit a three-run homer in the second off Matt Hall and then hit the decisive homer when he hammered a 2-0 curveball from Matt Barnes (0-1) over the visiting bullpen and into the left-centre field bleachers to give the Yankees a 9-7 lead.
Judge’s 468-foot drive occurred three pitches after DJ LeMahieu hit a game-tying single that scored Mike Tauchman, who singled and stole second base.
Judge homered for a career-high fifth straight game. He became the first Yankee to homer in five straight since Alex Rodriguez did so in September 2007.
Luke Voit also homered, while Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez contributed RBI doubles as the Yankees ran their winning streak to six games.
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