The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds wrapped up their final series of the season on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. Neither team has had much success this season, but Pittsburgh has had Cincinnati’s number for most of the season. After a 4-3 win today in ten innings, the Pirates have won 12 of the 19 games they played against the Reds in 2022 and have swept this three game series.
Pittsburgh starting pitcher Bryce Wilson was lights out today, working eight innings on the mound. He allowed just three hits, while striking out six and walking one batter. Wilson would only throw 90 pitches during this time. Unfortunately, a blown save by Chase De Jong prevented him from getting a much-deserved win.
Luis Cessa was on the mound for the Reds when the Pirates scored their first three runs of the day. It started with a Miguel Andujar RBI double to left center to score Oneil Cruz. Cruz struck with a laser off the Clemente Wall in the second with the bases loaded to drive home two more runs. It looked like that would be all Pittsburgh would need, but Cincinnati answered in the top of the ninth.
Kyle Farmer would hit a 390 ft. two run homer to left to get his team back within one. A 380 ft. solo home run by Jake Fraley tied the game at three. De Jong was tagged with all three runs on four hits. After a scoreless bottom of the ninth, Yohan Ramirez was able to get all three batters out he faced. That would lead to Kevin Newman hitting an RBI single to center, scoring Rodolfo Castro from second, to give his team the win in the bottom of the tenth.
It is a shame that Wilson did not get a win today after pitching an absolute gem. The starting pitching for the Pirates has been hot as of late and should have fans hoping they can continue this trend heading into 2023. Pittsburgh will have an off day on Thursday before heading west to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three game weekend series. This will be the final road series of the season for the Pirates.
Record vs. Reds: 12-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 32-38
Record at Home: 32-46
Overall Record: 59-97
Let’s Go Bucs!