Two streaks of note ended tonight. The Reds snapped their 13-game losing streak. Joey Votto saw his 48-game on-base streak end, tied with Pete Rose for the Reds all-time record.
Brandon Finnegan made it throughÃ‚Â 6 innings for the first time this year. He threw just 88 pitches limiting the Pirates to 3 hits and 2 walks. He had 6 strikeouts. “Finnegan had great mastery of the change-up here tonight,” said Jeff Brantley. “That bodes awfully well for his future as a *starting* pitcher.”
The Reds struck for 2 runs in the first inning off A.J. Burnett. Joey Votto drove in Eugenio Suarez on a ground ball and Todd Frazier plated Brandon Phillips with a double.
This was A.J. Burnett’s last regular season start. He’s announced his retirement at the end of 2015. Over 17 big league seasons, the 38-year-old Burnett accumulated 430 starts for 5 teams. He’s earned $144 million over that career. Joey Votto tipped his helmet to Burnett in his first at bat tonight as a tribute.
Adam Duvall hit his fifth (!) home run for the Reds in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 3-1. Duvall is an interesting roster possibility in 2016. He offers a right-handed power bat off the bench and can back up at 1B and LF.
Burke Badenhop, Michael Lorenzen and Aroldis Chapman combined to shut the Pirates out over the final three innings. It was Chapman’s first save opportunity since September 14. If he doesn’t pitch tomorrow, we may have just seen Chapman’s last game in a Reds uniform.