Nick Lodolo struck out 11 batters and had a quality start, but the bullpen fell apart and allowed seven runs in the final 2.2 innings of the game as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a 4-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 10-4 victory in Wednesday’s afternoon’s series finale. It was the first time the Pirates have swept the Reds in a 4-game series in 31 years.
|Pittsburgh Pirates (55-88)||10||12||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (56-86)||4||8||1|
|W: Beede (2-5) L: Lodolo (4-6) SV: Yajure (1)
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Cincinnati went quietly in the 1st inning, but they got moving in the 2nd when Aristides Aquino doubled and scored on a 2-out single by Spencer Steer to put the Reds up 1-0. After the Pirates took the lead the Reds bats remained mostly quiet until the bottom of the 5th when Austin Romine crushed a 413-foot solo home run into the seats in left center to cut the Pittsburgh lead to 3-2.
Cincinnati was trailing 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, but the Reds pulled a little bit closer when Kyle Farmer hit a 1-out solo homer to left field. After the Pirates put up four runs in the top of the 9th to take a 10-3 lead, Cincinnati got a run back after Spencer Steer walked, moved to second on a balk and then to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a ground out.
After an easy inning in the 1st, Nick Lodolo ran into problems in the second. Kevin Newman had a 1-out single and then Lodolo hit Diego Castillo to put two men on. Unfortunately for the Pirates the next two batters were lefties and Lodolo struck them both out to end the inning. The lefty got himself in trouble again the next inning, but this time after two singles he didn’t get himself out of it as he gave up a go-ahead 3-run home run to Rodolfo Castro, making it a 3-1 game.
Lodolo would give up just two more singles in the remainder of his outing that saw him exit after 6.1 innings with 11 strikeouts – his second consecutive double-digit strikeout game. Derek Law entered the game after that and walked the first hitter he faced and as the old saying goes, walks will haunt. And it did as Greg Allen came around to score after a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single by Ke’Bryan Hayes that made it 4-2.
Joel Kuhnel came out of the bullpen for the 8th inning and walked the first batter of the inning. Two outs later Oneil Cruz hit a 2-run homer to make it 6-2. Luke Farrell came on for the 9th and gave up four runs as the Pirates extended their lead to 10-3.
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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday September 15th, 7:45pm ET
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