After an hour and five-minute rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their three-game series at PNC Park on Saturday night. It was a night to celebrate the career of former Pittsburgh pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Blass. However, in the end Cincinnati had the final celebration with an extra innings victory.
Tucker Barnhart got the scoring started in this game with a 364 ft. solo home run to right field in the second inning. The Pirates tied the game in the second when Jose Osuna scored on a past ball. Later in the inning Steven Baron hit an RBI double to bring home Kevin Kramer. The Reds tied the game in the fourth when Jose Iglesias plated Phillip Ervin with a single to shallow left center.
James Marvel had his best start since being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. He would pitch five innings and allow two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Cincinnati used an opener, so their starter Lucas Sims only made it through two innings before the bullpen covered the remainder of the game.
In the top of the twelfth inning with Alex McRae on the mound Iglesias would hit a double to left center to bring home Kyle Farmer for what would be the winning run. They would add an insurance run on a Ruben Alaniz single to center. The Buccos could not muster any runs in the bottom of the inning, which sets up the series rubber match on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon will mark the end of a disappointing 2019 season for Pittsburgh. Plenty of question marks lie ahead for the offseason, and many of us already see more disappointment ahead in 2020. I guess the best thing to do today is just throw out the records and enjoy one last game before the six-month break.
Record vs. Reds: 12-6
Record vs. N.L. Central: 29-46
Record at Home: 35-45
Overall Record: 69-92
Let’s Go Bucs!