Eugenio Suarez (Photo: Chad Dotson)

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds – September 21, 2021

The Cincinnati Reds (78-73) season was already on life support and they were down 5-0 last night. The Reds fought back with nine unanswered runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-94) for 9-5 win to stay within 3.0 games of the Cardinals and give themselves a punchers chance over the last 11 games. The Reds and Pirates are scheduled to meet again tonight at 6:40 PM, although there is a big threat of rain this evening. The Reds are virtually in must-win mode the rest of the season and all eyes will be in Milwaukee to see if the Brewers can finally slow the Cardinals down.
Joey Votto (Photo: Doug Gray)

Reasons to still be hopeful in the 2021 Cincinnati Reds

The Reds and Cardinals have both been teams with a lot of ups and downs this season. The Reds have fought back from so much this season. They gained 8.0 games on the Cardinals in 15 days from May 30-June 13. The Reds were 9.5 games behind the Padres on July 1st. Let's see if the Reds have one more rollercoaster hill in their favor.