The Steel City has fared quite well against the Queen City this week. On Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in NFL action, while the Pittsburgh Pirates have taken down the Cincinnati Reds in the first three games of their four-game series. Their most recent victory came in a 1-0 win in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Pitching was at a premium in this contest and Pittsburgh started it off with Luis Ortiz. He would pitch 5.2 innings, allowing just one hit to go with three walks and five strikeouts. Chase De Jong followed for the next 1.1 innings, walking and striking out one batter over that time. He would also earn his fifth win of the season. The eighth belonged to Yohan Ramirez and Duane Underwood Jr. grabbed the save in the ninth.
Cincinnati used their bullpen throughout this contest. Fernando Cruz started and pitched 1.2 innings. Up next was Reiver Sanmartin for 2.1 innings. Sanmartin struck out three and walked one. Raynel Espinal picked up his first loss of season after being tagged with giving up the only run of the game, an RBI single by Kevin Newman in the seventh. The final 2.2 innings were covered by Ian Gibaut and Alexis Diaz.
Each team committed a fielding error. Rodolfo Castro for the Pirates and Chuckie Robinson for the Reds. Pittsburgh outhit Cincinnati 3-1. Castro, Ben Gamel, and Newman each had a hit for the Pirates, while the Reds lone hit came from Stuart Fairchild. The win today gave Pittsburgh their first series win since sweeping a three-game series from the Milwaukee Brewers in early August. This four-game series will come to a close Wednesday afternoon at 12:35pm.
Record vs. Reds: 8-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 27-35
Record on the Road: 26-45
Overall Record: 54-88
Let’s Go Bucs!