Joey Votto hit a 3-run home run in the 5th inning and Reiver Sanmartin dominated the Pirates for a second consecutive starts as the Cincinnati Reds won 6-3 in Pittsburgh to wrap up the 2021 season with their 83rd win.
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|Pittsburgh Pirates (61-101)||3||9||0|
|W: Sanmartin (2-0) L: Ponce (0-6)
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After not being able to cash in during the 1st or 2nd innings, Cincinnati came through in the 3rd. Jonathan India doubled and scored when Nick Castellanos doubled later in the inning. The RBI for Castellanos gave him 100 on the season and tied the game up at 1-1.
When the Reds took the field for the bottom of the 4th inning Nick Castellanos remained in the dugout and Aristides Aquino took over in right field. If that’s the last we have seen of Castellanos in a Reds uniform this is how this particular writer is choosing to remember him:
In the 5th inning Jonathan India extended his National League lead in hit by pitches when he was hit for the 23rd time on the year. Max Schrock followed with a double to put two on. Aristides Aquino singled in India to give the Reds a 2-1 lead. That brought Joey Votto to the plate and he hammered his 36th homer of the year into the right field stands to make it 5-1.
An inning later the Reds played add on. Aristides Aquino got ahead 3-0 and he got the green light from the dugout and he made it count as he clobbered a 400-foot homer into right-center to extend Cincinnati’s lead to 6-1.
Pittsburgh had the bases loaded before Reiver Sanmartin struck out Colin Moran for the first out of the game. But the lefty making his second big league start walked the next batter to put the Pirates ahead 1-0. Sanmartin buckled down and induced an inning-ending double play to limit the damage.
From there the 25-year-old just kept on rolling. Sanmartin kept the Pirates off the board for another five innings after that. He finished with six strikeouts in a 1-run, 6-inning start. He faced the Pirates in both of his two big league appearances this season and gave up just two runs in 11.2 innings while striking out 11.
Amir Garrett took over for Cincinnati in the 7th, holding onto a 6-1 lead. He needed just eight pitches to retire the Pirates in order. Art Warren replaced Garrett for the 8th inning and he needed fewer pitches than Garrett to get through the frame, throwing just six pitches.
Mychal Givens came out for the 9th inning looking to wrap up the 83rd win of the season for the Reds. After getting Anthony Alford to fly out to center, Givens gave up a single to Ben Gamel. Oneil Cruz followed with a 2-run homer to cut the Cincinnati lead to 6-3, the first of his career (this was only his second career game). Givens struck out Michael Perez for the second out of the inning and then got Bryan Reynolds to fly out to end the game.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
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We’re not going anywhere, but of course the day-to-day game coverage of the Reds is over until late February. The next few months will be spent looking back and looking forward. There are some big decisions on the horizon for Cincinnati once the playoffs are over. We hope you’ll stick around with us during the offseason.