Cincinnati didn’t get their first hit of the game until the 6th inning as Zach Thompson dominated on the night. The Pirates offense didn’t do a ton, either, but they did enough to pull out a 3-1 win over the Reds on Saturday and keep their hopes alive for a series split after Cincinnati took the first two games of the 4-game series.
|Cincinnati Reds (9-25)
|Pittsburgh Pirates (14-19)
|W: Thompson (2-3) L: Castillo (0-1) SV: Bedner (6)
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There wasn’t much offense for the Reds, who didn’t pick up their first hit of the game until Brandon Drury singled with two outs in the 6th inning. They got things going a little bit in the 7th inning when Mike Moustakas walked and moved up to second on a single by Aramis Garcia. Two outs later Albert Almora Jr. singled in Moustakas to get Cincinnati on the board and make it a 3-1 game.
Tommy Pham had a 2-out single in the top of the 8th inning and he stole second base to put himself in scoring position, but Mike Moustakas flew out to shallow right field to end the threat and the inning. With the Reds trailing 3-1 and needing some offense in the 9th they came up short, going in order.
Luis Castillo worked around a single in the 1st inning, but he couldn’t get out of a jam in the 2nd. He walked the leadoff batter and almost got out of things by recording outs in the next two plate appearances, but Rodolfo Castro singled to put runners on the corners and then Castillo balked in a run. Diego Castillo then singled and brought in the second run of the inning to put the Pirates up 2-0.
In the third inning Luis Castillo got a 1-2-3 inning, but it wasn’t without consequence for the Reds. Tyler Stephenson took a foul ball off of his face mask and had to exit the game. He was later seen in the dugout with a smile on his face, so hopefully that’s a sign that he’s doing ok and with him just having a concussion less than a month ago the team didn’t want to take any chances.
Daniel Vogelbach led off the 4th inning with a 433-foot home run to make it 3-0. From there Castillo would retire the next six batters in order to finish his outing. Ross Detwiler, who was called up from Triple-A prior to the start of the game, threw a hitless 6th inning with two strikeouts. Hunter Strickland took over for the 7th inning and he tossed a shutout inning, holding the Pirates lead at 3-1. Jeff Hoffman tossed a perfect 8th inning.
Key Moment of the Game
Luis Castillo’s balk in the 2nd inning. It brought in a run and moved another runner up to second, who later scored on a single.
Notes Worth Noting
Joey Votto walked in his first plate appearance while on rehab with Louisville. He had an RBI single in his second trip to the plate and later scored.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 15, 2022
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