Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (26-26) 1 8 0
Cincinnati Reds (25-29)
8 10 0
W: Gray (2-4) L: Keller (0-1) 
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The Cincinnati Reds jumped on Mitch Keller in his Major League debut early, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and they never looked back as they salvaged a split in the day/night double header.

The Offense

The Reds got things going early on. The first three batters of the game reached base. After a strikeout, Yasiel Puig came through with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Jose Iglesias followed up with a grand slam that made it 5-0. Nick Senzel, who scored the first run of the game, then singled in Curt Casali to cap off the inning, making it 6-0. Fast forward to the bottom of the 7th inning and the Reds were holding a 6-1 lead. That’s when MAXIMUM DEREK Dietrich and Yasiel Puig went back-to-back with solo homers to make it 8-1. That score held the rest of the way.

Jesse Winker and Yasiel Puig both had 2 hits in the game. Nick Senzel went 1-3 and drew a walk.

The Pitching

Sonny Gray toed the rubber at the start of the game for Cincinnati and put together a good one. He allowed just one run over 6.0 innings while throwing 102 pitches on the day. He walked 2 batters and struck out 7 more as he lowered his ERA on the season to 3.54. Cody Reed took over in the 7th inning and fired 2.0 shutout innings before handing the game over to Matt Bowman. Bowman did a bit of a rare thing these days – he pitched in both games of the double header. He threw all of 4 pitches in game 1. He needed 12 in game 2 as he tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Notes Worth Noting

Statcast was down for the game, and apparently down for all night games around Major League Baseball as they worked on something behind the scenes around MLB. Kind of a bummer because Derek Dietrich and Yasiel Puig CRUSHED their homers and we might not get to know how far.

There is still no announced starter for the game on Tuesday. But it’s the worst kept secret around that it’s going to be Lucas Sims. As reported by Jason Linden 84 years ago (ok, it was two days ago).

Update: The Reds have announced it will be Lucas Sims to start tomorrow.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday May 28th, 6:40pm

Lucas Sims vs Jordan Lyles (5-1, 2.81 ERA)

8 Responses

  1. Hanawi

    Yep. I have no doubt that someone is going to get one in the earhole from the Pirates. Think Puig was running as hard as he could on his home run to make sure it isn’t him!

    • Joey

      Yeah but not like it matters because he’s going to be the first one to run out there to take on the whole pirates team +Tucker Barnhart!

    • KDJ

      Since when do the Pirates need a reason to plunk somebody?

  2. scotly50

    I like DD, but Puig taking off like he hit a slow roller rather than a home run was the highlight for me. he may have rivaled Billy’s home run trot.

  3. Roger Garrett

    The Reds hit two Bucs in game one and Dietrich had been hit earlier in game two by the guy he went deep on.Right now the Bucs owe us one.I’m sure Hurdle will get even and try to get ahead.Just who he is and what he does.Not sure truly what kind of a guy he is but he does more then most would do with the talent he has in Pittsburgh.We can’t beat them and haven’t in quite some time.Right now we are better in my opinion but the record says other wise.

  4. Doug Gray

    Or, and hear me out, just don’t throw a baseball at anyone for anything short of your life is actually being threatened.

    • Michael

      Couldn’t agree more Doug. These unwritten rules of baseball are just out of date and stupid. If you don’t want DD to stand there and admire his bomb of a HR, don’t throw it right down the middle of the plate.

      Things like this makes baseball interesting to this new generation of baseball fans. I love when Amir Garrett gets so excited to strike someone out in a high leverage situation. It fires up the team and the fans (if at home). But for a player to whine and complain and be offended by being “shown up” by him when he does it is just childish.

      Once baseball does away with these stupid unwritten rules, it will be fun to watch again and both attendance and viewership will go higher instead of declining year after year.