It was an emotional day at PNC Park. Steve Blass was stepping into retirement, Clint Hurdle was relieved of his duties, and oh yeah, the Pittsburgh Pirates were playing their final game of the season. Unfortunately for the Bucs, they ended the season with a whimper, falling 3-1 to the Cincinnati Reds.
Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up two runs on five hits in seven innings. He fell to 7-9 on the season, despite pitching a solid game. The offense, unfortunately, didn’t provide much support on a day that the team really needed to win.
The Reds took the lead in the top of the second on a solo homerun by Aristides Aquino. Brian O’Grady’s solo homerun in the fifth inning put them in front 2-0. A sacrifice fly by Jose Osuna in the bottom of the sixth cut the lead in half at 2-1. Unfortunately, that is as close as they would get, as the Reds added another run on the third solo homerun of the game, this time by Alex Blandino in the top of the eighth.
Today marked the end of a very disappointing season for the Pirates. They will have a new manager next year, as well as most likely some other new coaches, and probably (and hopefully) a few shakeups in the lineup and starting rotation.
Things will certainly feel differently without Blass in the broadcast booth and Hurdle in the dugout, but it is time for a change. It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason as the organization prepares for 2020.
Record vs. Reds: 12-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-47
Record at Home: 35-46
Overall Record: 69-93
Let’s Go Bucs!