JT Brubaker and the Pittsburgh Pirates struggled early and often on Friday night, losing 10-0 to the Cincinnati Reds for their second straight loss to their N.L. Central divisional rivals.
The Reds are trying to get back in the division playoff race, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by seven games, while also fighting for a wild card spot. The Pirates, on the other hand, are now 28 games under .500, which is second worst in all of the National League, ahead of only the Arizona Diamondbacks.
As for Brubaker, he has had some very strong showings this season, especially early in the year. Unfortunately, Friday night was not one of those performances. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits with four walks in five innings on the mound. He fell to 4-11 on the season with an ERA of 4.95.
His mound opponent, Wade Miley, was dominant on the mound, holding the Pirates’ hitters in check throughout the evening. He gave up just six hits and two walks in seven innings, improving to 9-4 on the season.
The Reds sprinted out to an early dominant lead in the first inning. A double by Mike Moustakas scored two runs, and a single by Kyle Farmer scored another pair to make it 4-0. A three run homerun by Tucker Barnhart broke the game wide open to a 7-0 lead after the first frame.
Two more runs scored in the bottom of the second on a solo homerun by Jesse Winker and a single by Farmer. A solo homer by Jonathan India in the bottom of the sixth completed the scoring for Cincinnati, coasting to the shutout victory.
This was one of those games that was difficult to watch from the very beginning. They were never in this game. Brubaker struggled from the onset, and as is the case with most trips to Cincinnati, you need to be able to score runs to be competitive against the Reds. The offense was absent on Friday for Pittsburgh, and when your starter struggles on the mound, you have no chance to win.
The Bucs will look to get back on the winning track when they take the field on Saturday. Mitch Keller will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Vladmir Gutierrez for Cincinnati.
Record vs. Reds: 1-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 12-33
Record on the Road: 18-39
Overall Record: 41-69
Let’s Go Bucs!