The Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this season on Tuesday night, giving them a chance to earn a series victory over their division rivals on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park. Despite playing well and holding their own for nine innings, the Pirates unfortunately suffered an extra-innings defeat to the Reds by a 5-1 score.
Trevor Cahill started for Pittsburgh had a solid game, giving up just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings. His mound opponent, Sonny Gray, also gave up only one run, on seven hits through 4.2 innings. Then things were turned over to the bullpen. Both sides continued to put up zeros through nine innings.
A solo homerun by Mike Moustakas in the top of the second put the Reds in front. Pittsburgh tied the game in the fifth on a RBI single by Gregory Polanco, scoring Kevin Newman.
The Reds took the lead back and blew the game open in the top of the tenth. A RBI single by Jesse Winker scored the first run, and Eugenio Suarez’s bases clearing double with the bases loaded made it 5-1, which would be the final score.
This was a difficult loss for the Pirates. They played the Reds hard all game through nine innings, but the wheels fell off in the 10th. The Bucs have a 1-5 mark against their divisional foes in this early season. Pittsburgh will open up a four game series against the San Francisco Giants, beginning tomorrow at PNC Park.
Record vs. Reds: 1-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 7-14
Record at Home: 6-9
Overall Record: 15-21
Let’s Go Bucs!