Final — Game 1
R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (73-74) 10 11 3
Cincinnati Reds (62-85) 4 10 3
W: Taillon (4-4) L: DeSclafani (8-4) S: LeBlanc (1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

 

Final — Game 2
R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (74-74) 7 11 0
Cincinnati Reds (62-86) 3 7 1
W: Nicasio (10-6) L: Finnegan (9-11)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

Game 1 Recap:

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance today.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance in Game 1.

Game 2 Recap:

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance today.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance in Game 2.

The Good

Game 1:
–Jose Peraza had three hits. Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer, his 31st of the year. Hernan Iribarren had two hits, and he’s now hitting .444/.444/.667.

Game 2:

–Scott Schebler had two hits, including a mammoth home run. Jumbo Diaz pitched a perfect inning.

The Bad

Game 1:
–The Reds made three errors; Brandon Phillips had two and Adam Duvall made one.

–Poor outing by Anthony DeSclafani, who struggled from the first pitch. The Pirates batted around in the first; Disco went four innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks.

–Keyvius Sampson and Abel de los Santos pitched three innings between them, giving up four runs on two hits and six walks. The Reds staff surrendered ten walks in the first game. Ugh.

–Ross Ohlendorf allowed three hits and a walk in two innings, but somehow didn’t allow a run. Wonders never cease.

Game 2:

–The Reds were down 6-0 after 4 and the game was essentially over at that point.

–With the Reds desperate for a good outing from Brandon Finnegan — the bullpen needed a break — Finnegan went out and vomited all over the mound. He threw 83 pitches, and couldn’t even get out of the third inning: 2.1 IP, 5 runs allowed (2 earned, thanks to a Scott Schebler error) on 7 hits and 3 walks. Just terrible, and it could have been worse! He left with bases loaded and just one out, but Josh Smith came in and snuffed out the rally.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–That was a long — a rain delay followed by two slow games — day of really crappy baseball.

–Take a look at Joel’s tweet below, which notes that the Reds had a historic day in terms of issuing bases on balls. At the end of the doubleheader, the Reds actually had 19 walks on the day. Miserable.

–Duvall has 92 RBI, which is pretty good, if you’re into that sort of thing.

–Keyvius Sampson can’t throw strikes. So yeah, he fits in just fine.