With their season winding down, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to do something they had not done much of in 2023, sweep a series. The Cincinnati Reds had other thoughts, as TJ Friedl would collect three RBI on the way to a 4-2 Cincinnati victory in the season finale between the two division rivals.
Pittsburgh jumped out to the lead when they scored two runs in the fifth inning. Jack Suwinski hit a 423 ft. solo homer to right center for the first run of the game. Later in the inning Jason Delay would connect on an RBI single to right center to plate Henry Davis. Friedl would tie the game with a two-run home run in the sixth and then give his team with lead with a single to left center in the seventh. The Reds added an insurance run in the eighth on a solo home run from Christian Encarnacion-Strand.
Quinn Priester got the start for the Pirates and allowed two runs on two hits with five walks and four strikeouts over six innings. Jose Hernandez collected the loss after allowing one run on two hits during 2/3 of an inning in the seventh. Andre Jackson worked the final 1 1/3 of an inning collecting all outs via strikeout, while allowing one run on two hits.
Six pitchers would be used by Cincinnati this afternoon. Brandon Williamson was the starter and worked the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Buck Farmer and Sam Moll covered the next 1 2/3 of an inning before Lucas Sims entered in the seventh. He would get the win after allowing two hits. Alexis Diaz and Ian Gibaut pitched the final two innings with Gibaut earning the save.
Pittsburgh has done well on this road trip so far and will look to continue that trend when they travel across the Keystone State to take on the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series starting Tuesday night. This will be another series of two teams heading in opposite directions, and will be the final road series for the Pirates in 2023.
Record vs. Reds: 8-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 25-27
Record on the Road: 36-42
Overall Record: 74-82
Let’s Go Bucs!