The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight with a chance to do something they haven’t accomplished since mid-July, sweep a series. That series happened to be against the Cincinnati Reds as well. Pittsburgh would complete the sweep tonight with a hard fought 3-2 victory. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Jolly Roger was raised in the end.
Cincinnati would actually score the first and final runs of this game, with the Pirates plating three runs in between. Jose Peraza hit a solo home run in the first to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. That would be the only run that Jameson Taillon would give up during his five innings on the mound. He left allowing eight hits to go with six strikeouts.
The Buccos offense would come to life in the second when Colin Moran hit an RBI double to right. Pittsburgh would take the lead for good in the third. Gregory Polanco brought in a run with a single to shallow left field. The second run of the inning came later that inning when Francisco Cervelli hit a single to right center field to plate Adam Frazier.
Steven Brault worked two innings and struck out two batters while walking one. The eighth inning belonged to Edgar Santana and he would allow one hit while striking out two. Felipe Vazquez picked up his 30th save of the season, but after a rocky ninth. He would give up an RBI double to Dilson Herrera to cut the lead to one. After walking the bases loaded he would induce a ground ball back to the mound for the final out of the game.
Nice to see the Pirates have a good series, even it was against an inferior team like Cincinnati. The Buccos will be off tomorrow before starting a three-game series against the Miami Marlins on Friday to wrap up this week long homestand.
Record vs. Reds: 12-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 35-25
Record at Home: 38-34
Overall Record: 66-71
Let’s Go Bucs!