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  W: T. Bauer (2-4)   L: Z. Gallen (3-6)   S: R. Iglesias (31)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, September 15, 2019
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 25,193

Facing Reds, D-backs entrust Gallen with wild-card hopes

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Reds avoided a sweep to the Mariners last night with an 11-5 win last night, hitting three home runs. This month, 61.2 percent of Cincinnati's runs have come via the home run, third in MLB.
  2. After winning 11 of 12 games, Arizona has lost five straight, getting swept in four games to the Mets. The D-Backs averaged 5.7 runs during their 12-game run, but have averaged just 1.4 runs in their last five, batting .171 as a team.
  3. These two teams met earlier this month in which Joey Votto went 4-for-9 with four walks in the three-game series. Votto has hit .354 with a 1.032 OPS in his career against Arizona. That batting average is the highest by any active player (minimum 200 PA) and his OPS is second behind Freddie Freeman (1.062).
  4. Freddy Galvis hit a grand slam earlier this season with the Blue Jays and hit one last night with the Reds. He is the first player in MLB history to hit a grand slam as a shortstop for two different teams in the same season.
  5. Ketel Marte is one of two qualified players this season to hit at least .325 against both left-handed and right-handed pitching (hitting .329 versus RHP, .325 versus LHP), along with Washington's Anthony Rendon. The only player in D-Backs history to do this in a full season is Luis Gonzalez in 1999.
  6. Eugenio Suarez hit his 45th home run last night, most by any Cincinnati third baseman in franchise history. The last third baseman to hit as many was Alex Rodriguez in 2007 (54).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/13/2019 thru 9/15/2019

Starters who were on the opposite ends of the headline spectrum at the trade deadline will meet in Phoenix when Arizona and Cincinnati play the rubber game a three-game series on Sunday.

Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.55 ERA) was among the group of high-profile pitchers who changed teams at the July 31 deadline, but he has been up-and-down in his eight starts since being acquired from Cleveland for Yasiel Puig.

Arizona's Zac Gallen (3-5) is closing in on a major league rookie record after being acquired from Miami for shortstop prospect Jazz Chisholm at the deadline -- a deal that flew well below the radar on a day in which the Diamondbacks traded Zack Greinke and also acquired Mike Leake.

The Diamondbacks (76-73) remain on the fringe of the National League wild-card race after ending a six-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory Saturday, in which they sent only 25 men to the plate. They remain 4 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card with 13 games to play. Cincinnati is 69-80.

"It's no mystery we've been grinding," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told reporters. "I don't care how you win it right now. We'll take it."

The 24-year-old Gallen is the second pitcher in major league history to begin his career by giving up three runs or fewer in his first 14 starts. Montreal's Steve Rogers (18, 1973) holds the record.

Gallen's record is a reflection of his lack of support. He has received an average of 3.64 runs per nine innings, which would rank third-lowest in the majors if he qualified. He has thrown 74 1-3 innings in the majors this season after logging 91 at Triple-A New Orleans, the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate.

Gallen was named Baseball America's Triple-A pitcher of the year after going 9-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 14 starts New Orleans.

Gallen throws four pitches, and will use each of them at last 15 percent of the time, according to FanGraphs, and the ability to locate has played well.

"It's an aggressive, power spin-rate fastball when he needs it," Lovullo said. "It's a driven fastball when he needs it. He can throw to different spots in the zone, and on top of that he can spin a breaking ball. There are a ton of weapons there."

Bauer has not found consistency since joining the Reds, going 1-4 with a 7.40 ERA while allowing 10 homers in 41 41/3 innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his last start in Seattle, a no-decision in which he limited the Mariners to three hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday with eight strikeouts and three walks.

"I've used the word 'searching,'" Reds manager David Bell said, "for a feel for some of his pitches and just trying to get comfortable. We have a ton of confidence that he is going to be more than fine. Just one of those growth opportunities he is going through right now."

With Bauer, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani and Sonny Gray, the Reds have the makings of a solid rotation in 2020.

Bauer is 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in two career starts against Arizona.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2019

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