Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (26-25) 8 12 0
Cincinnati Reds (24-29)
5 12 1
W: Crick (2-1) L: Hernandez (1-3) SV: Vasquez (14)
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The Reds defense, and bullpen, didn’t exactly have the best day in game 1…. as the bullpen allowed 1 inherited runner to score against starter Luis Castillo, then gave up 5 more runs beyond that one in the loss to the Pirates.

The Offense

For the second straight game there was plenty of offense out of the top of the lineup. Nick Senzel went 2-4 with a double, walk, run, and he had an RBI. Joey Votto went 3-5 with a double as he continues to show signs of putting things together. And Eugenio Suarez went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI. The rest of the team went 4-21 on the day. Jesse Winker accounted for 2 of those hits, going 2-3 with a walk and a double.

The Pitching

Luis Castillo deserved better than his line as two misplays in the 6th inning cost him. The first was a dropped throw at first base by Joey Votto. The next was an ill-advised glove flip from Jose Iglesias. In the end he would be charged with 2 earned, and 3 total runs in 5.1 innings with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. He wasn’t at his best, but he deserved, and pitched better than that line indicated.

After that it was a bullpen day. Amir Garrett came on and gave up a run that went to Castillo that tied the game up. Then in the 7th inning he allowed a go-ahead homer to Josh Bell. Matt Bowman would come on and record the final out of the 7th inning – striking out the only batter he faced in the game. David Hernandez came on for the 8th inning and that’s when things got out of control. Pittsburgh touched him up for 4 runs and jumped out to an 8-4 lead and ran him from the game while he recorded just 1 out. Wandy Peralta finished out the inning without giving up anything.

Notes Worth Noting

The Reds have acquired pitcher Tristan Archer, who will be assigned to Triple-A Louisville.

Joey Votto’s OPS is over .700 for only the third time in May. The last time, prior to the end of game 1 today, was on May 6th.

The game took 3 hours and 51 minutes to play in front of 20,569 fans at Great American Ballpark.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Monday May 27th, 7:10pm

Sonny Gray (1-4, 3.78 ERA) vs Mitch Keller (MLB Debut)

13 Responses

  1. burtgummer

    I’m not one to blame the umps.You need to look at the bone headed play from Iglesias and then Votto drops a perfect throw from 2nd
    Huge horrible Red plays that ended up giving them runs

    • scotly50

      Votto was also late to to be in position to cut off the throw from senzel and allowed a runner to second, who later scored.

  2. Keith

    Nearly 4 hours makes for a long day. Nice to see signs of life from the offense. Now just need pitchers to be more efficient to work deeper in the game. Defense and Bell don’t help, but too many walks.

  3. Hanawi

    I’m still struggling to understand the rationale for double switching out your clean up hitter in a 1 run game in the 6th when the pitchers spot wasn’t due up in ther next inning

  4. CFD3000

    Disappointing loss. Errors happen, and that’s frustrating, but the offense did enough to overcome that. But this feels like yet another game where Bell kept running out pitchers until he found the ineffective reliever – in this case Hernandez. Why did Bowman come out? With a second game later tonight in the middle of a strath of important games, does it make sense to pull Bowman (who looked fine) after he faced one whole batter? We’ve had this conversation before so I suspect the Old Cossack will agree with me – please stop searching for the reliever who can fail today David Bell.

    • CFD3000

      *a stretch of important games, of course…

  5. Steven Ross

    Will this team ever get to .500? I have my doubts. One step forward, two steps back.

  6. Roger Garrett

    Said and will keep saying it.Lost the game in the 8th while Iggy watches.Bell has been told to use him only in saving situations.Hasn’t been used before the ninth since he complained.Haven’t seen him at all in the last three games.Its just sad that any one player can dictate when and how he is to be used.Don’t normally say things such as this but unless I missed something since Iggy blamed his lack of success on how he was being used I stand by what I have said.While I am ranting,Winker ought to be upset he was pinch hit for in the ninth after being on base 3 times with 2 hits and a walk.At best Casali hits it out and we are still down a run.He should have hit only if he can win it or tie it.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Went back and looked at Iggy’s appearances since he blamed his struggles on how he was being used.Since he went public on May 6th he has appeared 9 times and all were in the 9th inning.Guess he got his way didn’t he.Don’t know who caved in but whoever it was please package him with Iggy and move em out.

  8. Big Ed

    One of those (the first appearance since the incident) was a game in which he pitched the 9th inning on the road with the game tied. And that is the “correct” usage of the closer in tied road games. The other 4 road appearances were save situations.

    Iglesias mentioned not being used “in tie games,” which Bell did at the first opportunity. He hasn’t given up a run since that May 6 situation, and talk with Bell.

    • Roger Garrett

      We will have to agree to disagree Ed.I lived through the closer rules with Dusty and Price and watched as we lost games in the 7th and 8th while the best reliever which is Iggy or at least he is paid that way watched.He watched Saturday and today.Bell said he would use him as needed.I have the benefit of hindsight of course but if he only needs him in the ninth then he isn’t using him effectively.

  9. Big Ed

    I am not surprised that they sit a 35-year-old for the second of a DH on a hot day. I would have liked to see VanMeter at first base, though.

  10. Don A

    Still cant get past games under!!! Ugh