The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader at Great American Ballpark by the score of 6-1.
Johan Oviedo started for Pittsburgh and impressed on the bump. He gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out four in his five innings of work.
Luis Cessa was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings on the mound.
The Pirates scored the game’s first run in the top of the third when Bryan Reynolds singled home Michael Chavis to make it 1-0. They added another run in the fourth on a solo homerun by Ke’Bryan Hayes, his seventh of the season. Reynolds’ solo blast in the fifth inning, which was his 23rd on the year, made it a 3-0 lead. Cal Mitchell’s two run homerun in the top of the sixth added more insurance, and the Bucs led 5-0.
The Reds got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. A groundout by Kyle Farmer scored TJ Friedl to help the home team avoid the shutout. The Bucs added an unnecessary run in the top of the ninth. Ben Gamel’s double scored Hayes to make it 6-1, which would be the final score.
This was a nice, comfortable victory for the Pirates. For a team with only 53 wins all year, these games have been few and far between. Nevertheless, this was a feel good win, and much deserved and long overdue for us fans!
The Pirates will look to win their third straight game over the last 24 hours when they take the field in the second game of today’s doubleheader. They will send Luis Ortiz to the mound, who will be making his major league debut.
Record vs. Reds: 7-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 26-35
Record on the Road: 25-45
Overall Record: 53-88
Let’s Go Bucs!