The Cincinnati Reds avoided being eliminated from the National League wild card race with a 13-1 blowout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ballpark on Monday afternoon.
This one was never close as the Reds scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, tagging the Bucs for 17 hits including a barrage of homeruns during the nine inning beatdown.
Connor Overton started for Pittsburgh only lasted on inning, giving up our runs on six hits. The bullpen was equally as ineffective, as the Reds’ batters feasted on the likes of Cody Ponce, Kyle Keller, and Shelby Miller.
Joey Votto’s two run homerun highlighted the Reds’ four run first inning. For the Reds’ first baseman, it was his 34th homer of the season, but it wouldn’t be his last of the game.
His 35th long ball of the year came in a four run fourth inning, and was followed by Eugenio Suarez’s 29th homerun of the year.
Nick Castellanous continued his solid day at the plate with a three run homerun, his 33rd of the season, in the sixth, and Jonathan India rounded out the scoring with a two run homerun in the seventh.
The Pirates’ lone run of the game came on a wild pitch by Reiver Sanmartin which allowed Anthony Alford to score. Yes, it was that kind of a day for Pittsburgh.
Obviously, this was one to forget for the Pirates. They have six games remaining and are just two losses away from hitting 100 defeats on the season. They will return home to PNC Park for the first of three games against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.
Record vs. Reds: 4-12
Record vs. N.L. Central: 20-50
Record on the Road: 24-57
Overall Record: 58-98
Let’s Go Bucs!