Kevin Newman hit two homeruns, including a two run walk off in the ninth, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of their final series of the season last night.
The Pirates’ shortstop has had a great rookie campaign, and is finishing up strong with a huge performance in the final Friday night of the regular season at PNC Park.
In his final start of the season, Steven Brault gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and 10 strikeouts in five innings. Brault has had an up and down season, and whether it is as a starter or a reliever, one would have to believe he will find a roster spot on the team next season.
The Reds scored a pair of runs in the first inning and then Phillip Ervin singled home two more runs in the fifth inning, increasing the lead to 4-0. But Newman’s three run homerun in the bottom of the fifth got the Bucs right back in the game, cutting the lead down to a single run.
After tying the game in the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates lost the lead in the eighth on a single by Michael Lorenzen. But the Bucs walked off in the ninth on Newman’s second homerun of the night, a two run bomb that scored Jake Elmore.
This was certainly a feel-good victory for the Pirates, who have had a lot of rough moments this year. They will look to take the second game of this series on Saturday night at PNC Park.
Record vs. Reds: 12-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-45
Record at Home: 35-43
Overall Record: 69-91
Let’s Go Bucs!