A few hours after winning the first game of a day/night doubleheader, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to complete a sweep on the day. They got a quality start from Bryse Wilson, but some defensive miscues and lack of offense sent them to a 5-1 defeat.
Wilson had arguably his best start in a Pittsburgh uniform tonight. He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts. The only earned run allowed came in the sixth when Tyler Naquin hit a solo homer to right center. The other three runs came in the seventh after an error by Josh VanMeter.
Jonathan India started things with a single to right center that scored Nick Senzel. Brandon Drury drove in a pair with a triple to right. The final run of the inning and night came when Tommy Pham hit an RBI single to center. That last run was charged to Chris Stratton who allowed one run on two hits during his .1 of an inning on the mound. Eric Stout worked a scoreless eighth, striking out one batter.
Cincinnati would use four pitchers out of the pen tonight to cover the nine innings. Jeff Hoffman started and pitched 1.2 innings allowing one hit and striking out three. Ross Detwiler pitched an inning and allowed the lone Pirates run of the night. That happened in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach RBI single to right center. Robert Dugger pitched 3.2 innings and allowed two hits during that time with five strikeouts and two walks. The final 2.2 innings belonged to Reiver Sanmartin. He would strikeout three batters.
Five hits on the night against a team like the Reds is not a good look for Pittsburgh, they need to be better than that. Some fans have high hopes for the Pirates as they enter the second half of the season. I am cautiously optimistic, because just two nights ago they were blown out by the best team in baseball and tonight they could barely muster any offense against one of the worst teams. They will continue this road trip Friday night with the first of three games against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Record vs. Reds: 4-5
Record vs. N.L. Central: 16-26
Record on the Road: 14-26
Overall Record: 34-49
Let’s Go Bucs!