The Cincinnati Reds dropped the first game of today’s day/night doubleheader to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2. Donovan Solano homered for the first time this year and had three hits, but it wasn’t enough. They’ll try again a little less than two hours.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (34-48)
|Cincinnati Reds (28-54)
|W: Contreras (3-2) L: Minor (1-6) SV: Bednar (14)
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Cincinnati didn’t get on the board until Donovan Solano led off the 5th inning with a game tying home run – his first of the season. The Reds didn’t have another baserunner until Solano came back up in the 7th and singled into right field, but he was stranded there as the Pirates held onto what was a 4-1 lead.
Jonathan India doubled with one out in the 8th inning and he came around to score on a 2-out single by Tommy Pham that cut the Pittsburgh lead to 4-2. That was all they’d get in the inning. The bullpen did their part in the top of the 9th, giving Cincinnati one more chance to try and put some runs on the board. Mike Moustakas lined a 1-out double into right field to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Donovan Solano, but he would strike out and leave the game up to the bat of Albert Almora Jr. It wasn’t to be on the afternoon as he grounded out to end the game.
Coming off of his best start of the year Mike Minor looked great again, until he didn’t. The Pirates didn’t pick up their first hit off of the lefty until 5th inning. The bad news was that it was a solo home run from Diego Castillo and it put the Pirates on top 1-0. Cincinnati was able to tie the game up in the bottom of the inning, but Minor couldn’t hold the game there. He gave up two more runs on a Michael Chavis double as Pittsburgh regained the lead 3-1. The fact that there was a second game still to be played may have had a role in David Bell sending Minor back out for the 7th inning, but it was a plan that didn’t work out. He would allow a 1-out bunt single and then an RBI double that made it 4-1 before he was removed from the game.
Luis Cessa took over from there. He got a ground out on his first pitch. But then he battled for 9 pitches against Bryan Reynolds. Unfortunately the 9th pitch was not a good one for Cessa and he called for the trainer to come out. He attempted a pitch with the trainer out there and then exited the game with an injury. Ian Gibaut came on to relieve him in a full count against Reynolds. He’d walk him, but got out of the inning on the next pitch when Reynolds took off for second base, drawing a throw and then Jason Daley who was on third took off for the plate. Kyle Farmer caught the throw to second and fired it home for an easy out at the plate to end the inning. Gibaut returned for the 8th and had to work around multiple baserunners, but he was able to do so and kept the score at 4-1.
Jared Solomon pitched a perfect 9th with two strikeouts to keep the Reds in bloop-and-a-blast range for their final trip to the plate if they couldn’t tie the game up. They couldn’t.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds
Thursday July 7th. Doubleheader. Game 2 at 7:10pm
Bryan Wilson (1-4, 7.49 ERA) vs Jeff Hoffman (1-0, 3.29 ERA)