The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their fifth straight game on Monday in the first game of a twin bill against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
Cody Ponce started for Pittsburgh opposite Trevor Bauer on the mound for the Reds. Ponce gave up one run on one hit and two walks in four innings, while Bauer gave up one run on four hits in 6.1 innings. Sam Howard suffered the loss for Pittsburgh, and Raisel Iglesias earned the victory for Cincinnati.
All runs were scored via the homerun today. Joey Votto hit his eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. The Pirates were held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning, when Colin Moran hit his eighth homerun of the year to tie the game, 1-1.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Tyler Stephenson blasted a two run walk-off homerun to give the Reds a 3-1 victory.
This was another difficult loss for the Pirates. One day, they are blown out by 11 runs, and the next day, they suffer a narrow one run defeat. Nevertheless, the Bucs have now lost five straight, and will look to end their losing streak when they take the field in the second game of the doubleheader tonight at Great American Ballpark.
Record vs. Reds: 3-4
Record vs. N.L. Central: 12-16
Record on the Road: 5-17
Overall Record: 14-31
Let’s Go Bucs!