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Pirates Drop Eighth Straight, Swept By Reds

Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight as the Cincinnati Reds completed the four game sweep of this series after a 1-0 victory.  Pittsburgh pitching kept them in the game, which isn’t easy to do at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati pitching kept the Pirates offense in check throughout the night.

JT Brubaker made the start for the Buccos tonight and in the process pitched well during his 5.1 innings on the mound.  He would allow one run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the fifth when Jose Garcia scored on a single to shallow left center field by Shogo Akiyama.  Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo pitched seven innings striking out ten, walking one and allowing three hits.

Sam Howard was the first Pittsburgh relief pitcher to enter the game, collecting the final two outs of the sixth inning.  Chris Stratton would work the next 1.1 innings striking out three batters.  Stratton then handed the ball off to Nik Turley to get the last two outs of the eighth.  Of those two outs, one would come via strikeout.

Not much to say at this point.  As a fan all we can do is hope that the Pirates ship continues to sink earning the number one pick in the draft during the process.  Until then we still have eleven days of baseball left.  The Buccos will begin their final home stand of the season tomorrow night with the first of five games against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Record vs. Reds:  3-7

Record vs. N.L. Central:  12-19

Record on the Road:  5-20

Overall Record:  14-34


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