The Pittsburgh Pirates once again failed to complete a series sweep after falling to the Cincinnati Reds by a 1-0 score at PNC Park on Thursday afternoon.
This was an old fashioned pitchers’ duel…kind of. Tyler Mahle started for Cincinnati, giving up five hits and a walk in his six innings on the mound. He earned the victory, improving to 12-5 on the season. The Reds’ bullpen combined to give up just one hit in their three innings on the bump, while Mychal Givens earned his 8th save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Pirates, on the other hand, pitched by committee. Connor Overton started the game, lasting three innings while giving up two hits and a walk. Cody Ponce was tagged with the loss (0-4), giving up the only run of the game in the seventh inning.
A sacrifice fly by Asdrubal Cabrera in the top of the seventh inning scored Delino DeShields from third. That would be the only run of the game, and was good enough to earn the Reds a much-needed victory to keep pace in the N.L. Wild Card race.
This was obviously not the outcome the Pirates wanted this afternoon. They once again had the opportunity to sweep a series and couldn’t get it done. They will open up a three game series on the road beginning tomorrow night against the Miami Marlins.
Record vs. Reds: 3-10
Record vs. N.L. Central: 19-48
Record at Home: 34-41
Overall Record: 54-92
Let’s Go Bucs!