‘Hold my beer:’ Bauer breaks strikeout record against Brewers

‘Hold my beer:’ Bauer breaks strikeout record against Brewers
Budweiser says they will release a special "Cincinnati Buds" can if Bauer can break the record. (Source: Budweiser)

MILWAUKEE, Wi. (FOX19) - Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer took the mound Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers five strikeouts short of a modern club record.

He was also five strikeouts short of a Budweiser can release sparked by a friendly jab at teammate Sonny Gray.

Prior to Monday, Gray’s 45 strikeouts through his first five appearances were the most by a Reds pitcher during the modern era, according to the club.

Monday night against the Brewers, Bauer bested that mark, notching his fifth strikeout of the game and his 46th of the season.

Now Budweiser will release a one-of-a-kind “Cincinnati Buds” can after it challenged him to break the record.

The challenge came before to Bauer’s last start, when he replied “hold my beer” to a Reds tweet announcing Gray’s feat. At the time, Bauer had 32 strikeouts.

In response to Bauer’s “hold my beer” tweet, Budweiser challenged him: “You had us at ‘beer’ @BauerOutage. 14 Ks in your next two starts: you break the record, we’ll make these.”

After Wednesday’s start against the Kansas City Royals, he had 41.

That left five to break the record, which Bauer accomplished in the third inning of Monday night’s game. Afterwards Bauer mimed cracking open and downing a beer.

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