Hunter Greene’s dominant run of starts in the second half continued as he picked up 10 strikeouts in 6.0 innings where he was charged with an unearned run, but that wasn’t enough as the bullpen allowed three runs after he left and the offense never found a way to come through with a timely hit when they needed one in a 4-1 loss.
|Cincinnati Reds (60-95)
|Pittsburgh Pirates (58-97)||4||7||1|
|W: Crowe (6-10) L: Farmer (2-2) SV: Bednar (18)
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Jonathan India drew a 1-out walk in the top of the first and moved up to second on a Kyle Farmer single and then to third on a ground out by Jake Fraley. Mitch Keller’s control wasn’t with him in the inning and he uncorked a wild pitch to allow India to come in from third and give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Lack of control got Keller again in the 3rd as he loaded the bases with two hit batters and a walk, but Aristides Aquino would strike out to end the inning. Michael Siani led off the 4th inning with a single, picking up his first big league hit int he process. He was caught stealing later in the inning.
In the 5th inning Cincinnati would once again threaten as they kicked off a rally with two outs to load the bases for Aristides Aquino once again. He didn’t strike out this time, but the result was the same as he flew out harmlessly to end the inning as the game remained tied up at 1-1. TJ Friedl would single in the 7th before being erased on a double play that ended the inning. It would be the last hit the Reds would get on the night as the losing ways for Cincinnati continued.
After a 1-2-3 1st inning, Hunter Greene got into a bit of trouble in the next one as he walked Jack Suwinski to lead things off and gave up a 1-out single to Cal Mitchell. Greene clamped down and struck out Zack Collins before getting a fly out from Jason Delay to strand both runners. The 3rd inning didn’t quite go as well for Greene after he hit the leadoff batter. An error by Jonathan India followed and put runners on the corners with no outs and a grounder that was turned into a double play brought the tying run in.
The 5th inning saw Hunter Greene load the bases with no outs after a single, double, and a hit batter began the frame. Derek Johnson came out to visit the mound and what he said seemed to work for a bit as Greene struck out the next two batters. Miguel Andujar then hit a hard grounder down the third base line that Kyle Farmer dove for before jumping to his feet and firing a bullet to first base to end the inning and get the Reds out of the jam, keeping the game tied up at 1-1. Greene returned for the 6th and worked around a 2-out single and picked up his 10th strikeout of the game for the final out of the inning.
The 7th inning saw Buck Farmer come out of the bullpen for the Reds and that’s when things began to fall apart. Oneil Cruz led off the inning with a single, and two walks would come later in the inning to load the bases with one out. Miguel Andujar followed up with a 3-run double that just missed being a grand slam by about 2 feet as it slammed off of the wall in center. That put the Pirates ahead 4-1.
Hunter Strickland took over in the 8th inning and after retiring the first two batters of the inning Ji Hwan Bae doubled into center. Michael Siani dove for the ball on the play but came up inches short as it bounced off of his glove. He got up and fired the ball in, but he injured himself on the play and after a long chat with the trainer and manager David Bell he came out of the game – walking off on his own. A ground out followed to end the inning and send the game to the 9th where the offense would get one more shot at putting some runs on the board for the first time since the 1st inning. They didn’t.
Notes Worth Noting
Over Hunter Greene’s last five starts he’s thrown 29.1 innings and allowed 19 hits, walked 7 batters, and he’s picked up 43 strikeouts while allowing one home run and posting a 1.23 ERA.
Before exiting the game with an injury, Michael Siani picked up his first and second career hits in the big leagues.
No concussion symptoms for Michael Siani. He hit his head on the ground on his attempted diving catch in the eighth inning, which is why he left the game.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 28, 2022
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