The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were tied at 1-1 as the game entered the bottom of the 8th inning. Then the Reds decided to play the greatest hits album for old time’s sake and the bullpen allowed eight runs before the inning was over as the Pirates put a stamp on the opening game of the final series of the year.
|Cincinnati Reds (82-78)
|Pittsburgh Pirates (60-100)
|W: Stratton (7-1) L: Garrett (0-4)
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Offense? There wasn’t a lot of it. The Reds didn’t score until the 8th inning when TJ Friedl walked with one out and scored on a Max Schrock single that tied the game up. Any hopes of winning the game that Cincinnati had at that point were gone by the time they came to the plate in the 9th after three pitchers combined to give up eight runs in the bottom of the game. A double by Eugenio Suárez and a triple by Jose Barrero in the 9th got the Reds their second run of the game, but it was too little, too late.
The good news: After a leadoff triple that scored the game’s first run, Luis Castillo held the Pirates there into the 6th inning. Allowing just one run over 5.1 innings dropped his ERA to 3.98. It’s the first time since the 1st inning of Opening Day that his ERA was below 4.00 on the year.
Lucas Sims and Art Warren got the Reds through the remainder of the 6th and 7th innings with perfect outings to hold the Pirates lead at 1-0. But then the 8th inning happened and saw three releivers combine to give up eight earned runs – capped off by a Kyle Tucker grand slam.
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