The Cincinnati Reds have done it! On May 8th the team won their first series of the season by taking the series finale from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colin Moran homered twice, driving in six runs, leading the way for the Reds to pick up the win behind a solid start from Tyler Mahle on Sunday afternoon.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (11-16)||3||3||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (5-23)||7||6||0|
|W: Warren (1-1) L: Peters (3-1)
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TJ Friedl led off the 1st inning with a bunt single and he moved up to second on a ground out. Mike Moustakas was then hit by a pitch to put two on with just one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning with the Reds stranding both runners.
The offense was relatively quiet over the next four innings, but when Zach Thompson was relieved by Dillon Peters to start the 6th inning, Cincinnati’s offense got going again with a little bit of help from the Pirates. Brandon Drury singled on a pop up just over the infield down the right field line to start the inning. Peters then walked Mike Moustakas, Tyler Stephenson, and Tommy Pham to bring in a run. Former Red Heath Hembree then took over with the bases still loaded. After Kyle Farmer struck out, Colin Moran came to the plate. 400 feet later the ball that left the hand of Hembree and then the bat of Moran landed 8 rows deep in right-center and Cincinnati had a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th inning.
After a quiet 7th inning, the Reds and Colin Moran went back to work in the 8th. Kyle Farmer was hit by a pitch with one out and Moran followed with his second homer of the day (and the year) to make it a 7-3 ballgame. Albert Almora Jr. followed up with a double – his second hit of the game. Almora Jr. would be stranded there, but the lead was extended to four and the Reds needed just three outs to pick up the victory. They got them.
Tyler Mahle worked around a walk in the 1st inning with three strikeouts. He couldn’t do the same thing in the 2nd. Michael Perez hit a 2-out, 2-run home run to put the Pirates up 2-0. Mahle would get through the 3rd and 4th innings without allowing a baserunner, but his pitch count tally kept on rising as the Pittsburgh hitters battled and he began the 5th inning having thrown 89 pitches. He would need 17 more in the 5th, but he worked around a 1-out walk to keep the score at 2-0 and get through the inning unscathed.
Art Warren took over in the 6th inning and he struck out the side on 13 pitches. He returned for the 7th inning and worked around a 2-out single for another 13-pitch, shutout inning that held the Reds new-found lead at 5-2. Dauri Moreta took over in the 8th, less than 24 hours after starting against the Pirates. After two quick outs, Bryan Reynolds tagged Moreta for a solo home run to make it a 5-3 game before a strikeout ended the top of the 8th. Hunter Strickland came out with a 4-run lead to protect in the 9th. He got some help from TJ Friedl, who made a nice sliding catch on a line drive off of the bat of Yoshi Tsutsugo for the second out of the inning, but Strickland got the Pirates in order as the Reds picked up their 5th win of the season.
Key Moment of the Game
Colin Moran vs Heath Hembree. Bases loaded, one out and the Pirates were leading 2-1. Moran crushed the 2-1 pitch 400 feet into the seats in the Sundeck in right-center for a grand slam to put Cincinnati ahead 5-2.
Notes Worth Noting
Cincinnati still hasn’t won two games in a row, but they did pick up their first series win of the season and just their second non-losing series of the season by taking 2-of-3 from the Pirates over the weekend.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers vs Cincinnati Reds
Monday May 9th, 6:40pm ET
Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.18 ERA) vs Luis Castillo (season debut)