|Cincinnati Reds (73-87)
|Pittsburgh Pirates (69-91)
|W: Rios, Y (1-0) L: Iglesias (3-12)
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Raisel Iglesias hadn’t allowed a run in the month of September until the Cincinnati Reds rolled in to PNC Park. He promptly allowed a walk-off two-run homer to Kevin Newman, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates their fourth-straight win.
The last two times he’s pitched in PNC Park, Iglesias has allowed the Pirates to win the game in the final frame.
Doing something they’ve done all year, the Reds got the scoring started early. Jose Peraza stole third (after hitting a leadoff double) and the throw went into left field which allowed Peraza to score. Jose Iglesias then added an RBI-ground out to make it 2-0 after one.
Phil Ervin then extended the lead to four with a two-RBI single in the fifth. At that point it felt like the Reds would end the losing skid. If only that feeling proved true.
The bottom of the fifth began worryingly with back-to-back hits from the Pirates 8 and 9-hole hitters. Newman then delivered his first homer of the day, cutting the lead to one. The score would get knotted up in the sixth when Peraza attempted to double-up the runner on first after catching a soft line drive. His throw bounced into foul territory and allowed the runner on third to coast home.
Marty Brennaman Memorial Game Ball
Would the game have ended the right way, Michael Lorenzen was the MVP. Dude started in center field and bounced back after striking out in his first three at-bats to hit the go-ahead RBI-single in the eighth. Cool part was, he moved from centerfield to the mound in the seventh, which put him in line for the win. He tossed two perfect innings before handing things off to Iglesias and…we already covered that part.
- Jose Iglesias walked in the ninth inning for just the 18th time all year. He has two more doubles (20) than walks.
- The Reds drew eight walks and collected seven hits.
- Anthony DeSclafani will finish the year with a 3.89 ERA in 166.2 innings pitched.
- The Reds have lost 33 one-run games
- If the Reds lose one more game to the Pirates it will be the most losses to an opponent in 2019.
Saturday’s game, the second-to-last of 2019, will feature a bullpen day for the Redlegs and (James) Marvel pitching for the Pirates. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.