The unofficial end of summer is Labor Day and it also means that baseball season is coming to a close. The Pittsburgh Pirates are beginning to evaluate talent for 2019 by expanding the roster and playing guys who have spent most of the season on the bench or in the minors. Today they opened up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park with a 5-1 victory.
Trevor Williams has been on fire as of late and that trend continued today. He worked 6.2 innings giving up five hits to go with four strikeouts and one walk. His ERA would drop to 3.15 and the offense did the job to get him a W today. Richard Rodriguez would collect the final out of the seventh, before giving way to Kyle Crick in the eighth. Crick gave up one run on two hits with one strikeout. Keone Kela then got two groundouts and a flyout to finish off the game.
Pittsburgh brought the bats today and Adam Frazier did most of the damage. He got things started in the first with a solo home run to deep right field. Gregory Polanco opened up the lead in the sixth with a two-run homer to right. Frazier would collect two more RBI’s in the seventh with a single to center field. The lone Cincinnati run came in the eighth on a solo dinger from Scooter Gennett.
The pitching has been very strong for the Pirates lately, but the offense has not shown up. Today they did and that shows the potential that this team has. Game two of this three game series will take place tomorrow night with Joe Musgrove working for the Buccos, while the Reds will send Cody Reed to the bump. Game time is 7:05pm.
Record vs. Reds: 10-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 33-25
Record at Home: 36-34
Overall Record: 67-71
Let’s Go Bucs!