In what felt like a must win game the Cincinnati Reds couldn’t hold an early lead on the Pirates and watched Pittsburgh score five unanswered runs on Tuesday night. Cincinnati fell to 78-74 on the season as the late-season collapse continued.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (57-94)||6||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (78-74)||2||10||0|
|W: Keller (5-11) L: Mahle (12-6)
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Cincinnati’s offense got things going in the 2nd inning when back-to-back singles by Kyle Farmer and Eugenio Suárez put runners on the corners with no outs. Tucker Barnhart grounded into a double play, but it did bring Farmer across the plate to put Cincinnati up 1-0. After the Pirates tied the game up in the top of the 4th, Cincinnati got the run back on a sacrifice fly from TJ Friedl, but that was all the Reds would get after loading the bases with no outs.
After the Pirates took a 3-2 lead in the 5th, the Reds stranded Jonathan India after a leadoff walk. In the 6th inning singles by Kyle Farmer and Tucker Barnhart had two men on the bases with two outs. Rather than have TJ Friedl face Anthony Banda, David Bell went to his bench to bring Asdrúbal Cabrera to the plate to get a righty-on-lefty match up. It didn’t work as Cabrera struck out to move to 0-20 in his Cincinnati Reds career.
The 7th inning saw Cincinnati try to get something brewing again. Delino DeShields and Jonathan India both walked to begin the inning. Max Schrock then blooped a single just out of the reach of second baseman Hoy Park to load the bases for the Reds. Nick Castellanos popped out to first base. Joey Votto then hit a lazy fly to center that wasn’t deep enough to move any of the runners, leaving the fate of the inning up to Kyle Farmer.
After watching Pittsburgh score three runs in the top of the 8th and take a 6-2 lead, the Reds offense had a ton of work to do. Eugenio Suárez doubled to start the inning. But Tucker Barnhart popped out to shortstop and slammed his bat in frustration, splitting it down the middle. Pinch hitter Jose Barrero came out and he lit a soft liner into right field that made for an easy catch for Ben Gamel. Delino DeShields struck out to end the inning.
Jonathan India singled to lead off the inning. It was his 1st hit of the game, but the 4th time he had reached base thanks to three previous walks on the night. Max Schrock flew out to center, leaving Cincinnati with two outs remaining in the game. Nick Castellanos struck out for the second out of the inning, leaving things up to Joey Votto. Jonathan India took both 2nd and 3rd base on defensive indifference. It was for nothing as a fly out to center ended the game.
Tyler Mahle had to work around back-to-back 1-out walks in the 1st inning, but he did just that. The Pirates didn’t really threaten anything until the top of the 4th inning when Ben Gamel hit a solo home run to tie the game up.
After the Reds grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the 4th, Mahle couldn’t hold the lead in the top of the 5th. A single by Hoy Park led off the inning and he moved up to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Cole Tucker then followed up with back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game and then put the Pirates up 3-2. A walk to Bryan Reynolds followed. That was all she wrote for Mahle on the night as manager David Bell called on Tony Santillan. He got a ground out and a strikeout to strand both runners. Santillan returned for the start of the 6th and struck out Anthony Alford. Justin Wilson entered the game there and allowed an infield single to Michael Perez, but struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Lucas Sims came out for the 7th and he struck out two batters in a perfect inning. Michael Lorenzen then took over for the 8th. He got a ground out to begin things, but then walked Ben Gamel and threw a pitch to the backstop that moved Gamel up to second. Another walk followed and then Michael Perez lined a single into right field to bring home a run and the Pirates padded their lead, making it 4-2. Cincinnati brought the infield in with runners on the corners. Hoy Park didn’t leave it to chance with the infield and hit a sacrifice fly to give Pittsburgh a 3-run lead. Yoshi Tsutsugo came on as a pinch hitter and doubled in another run as the night came to a close for Lorenzen.
Art Warren took over for Lorenzen with two outs and a runner on second base. He gave up an infield single to put runners on the corners. Warren rebounded by striking out Cole Tucker to mercifully end the Pirates half of the inning. Jeff Hoffman threw a perfect 9th to keep the game within “slam range”. The slam never came.
Notes Worth Noting
As noted by Joel Luckhaupt, Asdrúbal Cabera’s 0-20 start is the most hitless at-bats to begin a Reds career by a non-pitch since 1930, tying him with Ivey Shiver in 1934.
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