Tyler Mahle got plenty of help from the offense as the Cincinnati Reds beat up on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night to move to .500 on the season with a 14-1 victory at PNC Park.
|Cincinnati Reds (16-16)||14||15||0|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (14-20)
|W: Mahle (2-1) L: Keller (2-4)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Cincinnati grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning on an Eugenio Suárez solo home run, snapping an 0-15 slump. Two innings later the game was tied up at 1-1 and that’s when the Reds offense really went to work. Jesse Winker singled and moved to second on a Nick Castellanos walk. Mike Moustakas singled to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. Tyler Naquin followed with a double to make it 3-1. After a fly out, Tucker Barnhart doubled in two more to make it 5-1. Kyle Farmer singled and pitcher Tyler Mahle walked to load the bases and turn the lineup over. Nick Senzel came through with a single to bring in two more and extend the lead to 7-1.
In the 6th inning it was Tyler Mahle helping himself out once again. With runners on the corners he put the ball in play and got a fielders choice RBI as the Pirates couldn’t turn the double play. That made it 8-1. Cincinnati wasn’t done for the night as Tyler Naquin hit a ball off of the foul pole in the 7th inning for a 3-run homer to make it 11-1 and get the game out of touchdown range. The Nicks (TM) had back-to-back doubles in the 8th to help produce three more runs and make it a 14-1 game.
Tyler Mahle was handed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but he didn’t hold it very long as Jacob Stallings tied things up with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the frame. The game stayed tied through the third, but with the Reds offense going off for six runs in the top of the 4th inning it gave Mahle a lot to work with and he went to work in the bottom of the inning, needing just 12 pitches to go 1-2-3 and hold a 7-1 lead.
After getting his first career RBI in the top of the 6th inning, Tyler Mahle returned to the mound for the bottom of the inning with an 8-1 lead and 90 pitches. Jacob Stallings saw five pitches in an at-bat that ended in a fly out and also ended the night for Mahle after 5.1 innings where he allowed a run on four hits and four walks to go with seven strikeouts. He had thrown 96 pitches to that point.
David Bell came out and brought in Heath Hembree who induced a pop up and got a strikeout to end the inning and hold onto the Reds 8-1 lead. After an inning of work the game was handed over to Amir Garrett and he struck out the final two batters of the 7th. The lefty came back out for the 8th and worked around a leadoff double to keep the score at 14-1. Sal Romano took over for the 9th hoping to not give up a two touchdown lead. The Pirates couldn’t even double up as Romano got them 1-2-3.
Key Moment of the Game
It could have been any number of points in the Reds 6-run 4th inning, but we’ll go with the Tucker Barnhart double that plated two runs and made it a 6-1 game and put the Pirates of of “slam range”.
Notes Worth Noting
Tucker Barnhart had 13 RBI last season. He has 13 RBI this season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Tuesday May 11th, 6:35pm ET
Jeff Hoffman (2-2, 4.39 ERA) vs JT Brubaker (2-2, 2.78 ERA)