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Lyles Exits Early In Loss To Reds

It shouldn’t be this painful to be a baseball fan, but this year has been extremely painful.  Every game seems to have some type of injury to a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Tonight, we would see Jordan Lyles exit after the fourth inning with an apparent hamstring injury.  If he misses any length of time then it would be another huge blow to an already thin pitching staff.  This injury just added to the misery of an 11-6 loss to the last place Cincinnati Reds.

Lyles would exit after four innings and allow three runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.  His last two outings haven’t been great after looking like a potential All-Star to start the season.  He was replaced by Geoff Hartlieb who was lit up like a Christmas tree during his 2.1 innings on the mound.  Hartlieb gave up seven runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk.  The final Pittsburgh pitcher to be used tonight was Rookie Davis.  Davis gave up one run on one hit with three strikeouts after pitching the final 1.2 innings.

There was a lot of controversy with Derek Dietrich after his slow home run trot Monday night.  Well he picked up the pace on three home runs tonight and would drive in six of Cincinnati’s eleven runs.  I think the Pirates, and their announcers, need to worry less about Dietrich circling the bases and focus more on their pitcher’s inability to get him out.

The Buccos offense finally showed some signs of life in the final two innings, though it was not nearly enough.  Kevin Newman would hit his first career grand slam in the eighth inning to finally put Pittsburgh on the board.  In the ninth two more runs would cross the plate when Elias Diaz hit a double to left centerfield.

It is very difficult to watch Pittsburgh right now.  They have one of the worst run differentials in the league, so when they lose, they really lose.  Plus, with the injuries continuing to pile up you hold your breath waiting for the next one to happen.  The Pirates and Reds wrap up this four-game series tomorrow afternoon with Steven Brault taking on Anthony DeSclafani.  First pitch is set for 12:35pm.

Record vs. Reds:  6-3

Record vs. N.L. Central:  10-8

Record on the Road:  16-14

Overall Record:  26-27



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor