After a poor defensive inning led to three unearned runs in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader, Trevor Bauer showed his frustration.
Bauer yelled as he walked off the mound. He said something to his teammates as he walked down the dugout steps, then he turned his head and said some more words before he headed down the tunnel.
In a post-game interview, Bauer said it wasn’t directed toward a specific person.
“I was upset with the way that inning transpired, both on my part and on our team’s part,” he said.
His teammates understood his frustration.
“I think we’re all fired up about things not going well,” said Joey Votto, who committed an error when he dropped a throw from Jose Garcia at the start of the inning. “We were doing well and he was throwing well and these are all crucial games right now. As we see, every little bit matters, and we ended up coming up short (Friday) on a game that had we played it clean, probably would have finished with the win, and would’ve left the day with two wins.
“We just came up completely short and that’s not just him. I mean, there’s a lot of people inside of our clubhouse space that feel that very same way.”
Manager David Bell said Bauer’s reaction in the dugout was something he saw plenty of during his playing career.
“It’s a highly intense, emotional, competitive game,” Bell said. “It comes out in all different ways. I’ve seen it all as far as reactions. It’s so highly intense that things just come out and sometimes you deal with them at the time, sometimes you deal with it later, sometimes it’s best to just get it out.
“Sometimes it leads to words between two different teams, sometimes it leads to words between teammates on your same team. It’s just part of being a competitor and being part of a team and part of what it takes to play in this league.”
Votto didn’t make any excuses for his error.
“Just whiffed it,” he said. “Just missed it, just a plain physical error.”
Kyle Farmer was charged with a throwing error Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader when he tried to complete a double play in the seventh inning. Farmer’s throw was a little high, but it deflected off Votto’s glove and rolled out of play. Votto raised his glove late because of the glare in the background, which made it difficult for people to see in the dugout.
“You put your glove on it, you should be able to put it in your glove, but I could not see the ball,” Votto said. “The background was really, really bright and I’m really lucky – not lucky – but kind of lucky that it wasn’t a lower throw or I would’ve been hit in the face. I couldn’t see. The background was impossible.”
The Reds will be two-thirds of the way through their season after Saturday’s game. They know they’ll need to reel off a winning streak at some point to make the playoffs and there are only three weeks left.
“There are no speeches,” Mike Moustakas said. “We know what we have to do as does everybody in Major League Baseball. We know we have to go out and win ballgames if we want to get to the postseason. We just have to go out and do it now. We can talk about it all we want, but once you get out there, you have to go do it.”
Votto added: “It’s been frustrating but it’s not over. We have plenty of games left, plenty of important games left, it’s important to look back and reflect and try to make adjustments and try to improve, but we’ve got plenty of opportunities in front of us and we’re going to take advantage of those. We’re going to be prepared and finish up well.”
MOOSE’S POWER: Moustakas entered Friday’s doubleheader with one extra-base hit in his last 20 games, which spanned 60 at-bats.
He changed that with a pinch-hit double into left field in Game 1 and a game-tying, solo homer in Game 2.
“I felt like I’ve been putting together some pretty good at-bats, hitting the ball hard,” Moustakas said. “I just started finding some outfield grass now, and obviously that’s huge. Basically, just trying to do whatever I can to help us win ballgames and obviously the numbers weren’t there but starting to find some holes and feel really good with where I’m at.”
His solo homer in Game 2 was his first home run since his third game of the season.
“That’s just how it goes sometimes,” Moustakas said. “When I look up and I’ve only got 75-80 at-bats, it’s not a lot of at-bats. Three home runs is obviously not that many, I’d like to have more, but I just have to keep hitting them when they count and get on a run here pretty quick.”
Said Bell: “I think power comes in streaks too. That can easily happen before the end of the season. You can’t try to hit home runs either. He just has to keep trying to hit the ball hard. He’s got plenty of power.”
TBA STARTER: Bell said he would wait until after Saturday’s game to announce Sunday’s starting pitcher. Sonny Gray, originally scheduled to start Sunday, was pushed back to the next series to give his arm a couple of extra days to rest.