Regardless of either team’s record, the Pittsburgh Pirates have struggled against the Cincinnati Reds in recent years. But in 2018, the Bucs have played well against their N.L. Central foes…and that trend continued on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh provided starter Joe Musgrove with plenty of run support, as they earned comfortable 7-3 victory at PNC Park.
Musgrove pitched well for the Pirates, giving up two runs on five hits with eighth strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Richard Rodriguez, Kyle Crick, and Felipe Vazquez pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to close things out.
Francisco Cervelli gave the Pirates the lead in the bottom of the first with a single to score Adam Frazier. They added three more runs in the bottom of the third on a two run double by Gregory Polanco and a sacrifice fly by Jose Osuna.
A two run homerun by Starling Marte, his 18th, in the fourth inning made it 6-0 and it looked like this may be a Buccos’ rout. The Reds did make things a little interesting in the seventh. A solo homerun by Scooter Gennett got the Reds on the board, and after they added another run in the inning, a second homerun by Gennett, his 22nd of the season, in the eighth inning made it 6-3 Pirates.
A RBI double by Pablo Reyes in the bottom of the eighth made it 7-3 Pittsburgh, which would be the final score.
After a difficult road trip, the Pirates have returned home and are playing well so far at PNC Park. Yes, this series is against the Reds, but you can only play the team that is next on the schedule, and after a troublesome road tip like the Bucs just had, it’s nice to see them get back on the winning side of the game.
The Pirates will look for the series sweep against the Reds on Wednesday night. Homer Bailey will take the mound for Cincinnati against Jameson Taillon for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Reds: 11-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 34-25
Record at Home: 37-34
Overall Record: 68-71
Let’s Go Bucs!