The Pittsburgh Pirates swept the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as they won 4-3 in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th inning. The win brings the Pirates to within one game of the Reds in the standing.
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Jose Barrero went 3-4 with a double. Entering the 9th inning the Reds trailed 3-0 and those three hits by Barrero were the only ones that they had. Spencer Steer led off the inning with a single to try and get things moving in the right direction for Cincinnati’s offense. It worked. Kyle Farmer followed up with a 2-run homer to make it a 3-2 ballgame. Jake Fraley then homered to tie the game up, leaving the dozens of Pirates fans left in the stands booing the home town team. Matt Reynolds would smash a 2-out double to put the go-ahead run in scoring position for Barrero, but he lined out to left field to end the top of the inning.
With Jose Barrero starting the 10th inning on second base, the Reds were inches away from taking the lead when Spencer Steer lined out to shortstop, but thanks to 6′ 7″ Oneil Cruz being the shortstop he had the reach to just glove the ball and keep it from reaching the left field grass, ending the inning. That may have been pivotal as the Pirates scored in the bottom of the inning to seal their win.
Pittsburgh didn’t waste much time on Wednesday afternoon. Oneil Cruz singled to lead off the bottom of the 1st, moved to second on a wild pitch, and then to third on a ground out before scoring on a Miguel Andujar double. The next inning the Pirates put together a 1-out rally that culminated in a 2-run double by Cruz to extend their lead to 3-0.
Luis Cessa settled in from there, not giving up another run for the next four innings as he completed 6.0 innings before handing the game over to the bullpen with the score still sitting at 3-0. Reiver Sanmartin tossed a perfect 7th with a strikeout. Fernando Cruz took over the game in the 8th inning and after striking out the first two hitters of the inning he ran into trouble as he gave up back-to-back singles before a walk to load the bases. After a mound visit he figured things out and struck out Jose Godoy to strand all three runners on the bases and give someone not named Jose Barrero a chance to get a hit for the Reds on the day in their final opportunity. They would do just that, tying the game up.
With the game now on the line, Alexis Diaz entered from the Reds bullpen for the bottom of the 9th inning. The first two batters went down without much of a fight, but Diaz hit Bryan Reynolds with a slider. No sweat for the Reds top reliever as he struck out Diego Castillo on three pitches to send the game to extras. He returned for the 10th after the Reds didn’t score. He would intentionally walk Ben Gamel to start the inning and then retire the next tow batters, but Kevin Newman hit a soft liner into center to bring in the winning run.
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