Reds Complete Sweep, Beat Bucs 11-4

For the second game in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff was overwhelmed by the Cincinnati Reds’ offense.  The result this afternoon was an 11-4 route at Great American Ballpark.  With the victory, the Reds completed the three game series sweep of the Bucs.

After winning the opening game of the season, the Pirates have now lost five straight and are in a freefall.  They managed to score four runs today, but those came in the ninth inning when the game had already been decided.  Overall, it was a dominant performance this week for the Reds over the Bucs.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh was ineffective, giving up five runs (four earned) on two hits with five walks in four innings...

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Pirates Lose Third Straight Game

After winning the season opener against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost three straight games.  This, after a 5-3 defeat against the Cincinnati Reds in the first of a three game series at Great American Ballpark.

JT Brubaker started for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts in his four innings of work.  The Reds sent Jose De Leon to the mound, who gave up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts in his five innings of work.

The Pirates got off to a hot start tonight with the bats, hitting two solo homeruns in the top of the first inning to snag the early lead.  Phillip Evans hit a solo blast to get the Bucs on the board, and Colin Moran later doubled their lead with a solo shot of his own.

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Pirates Drop Eighth Straight, Swept By Reds

Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight as the Cincinnati Reds completed the four game sweep of this series after a 1-0 victory.  Pittsburgh pitching kept them in the game, which isn’t easy to do at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati pitching kept the Pirates offense in check throughout the night.

JT Brubaker made the start for the Buccos tonight and in the process pitched well during his 5.1 innings on the mound.  He would allow one run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.  That lone run came in the fifth when Jose Garcia scored on a single to shallow left center field by Shogo Akiyama.  Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo pitched seven innings striking out ten, walking one and allowing three hits.

Sam Howard was the first Pittsburgh relief pi...

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Pirates Lose Seventh Straight, 4-1 To Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates fell behind early on Tuesday night, giving up three runs in the first inning on their way to a seventh straight defeat, a 4-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Joe Musgrove (0-5) started for Pittsburgh and struggled from the start, giving up four runs on six hits in five innings.  Blake Cederlind, the flame-throwing rookie, debuted with a clean sixth inning, and Derek Holland pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate the game’s first run.  A sacrifice fly by Brian Goodwin made it 2-0, and a Freddy Galvis single later in the inning increased the lead to 3-0.  Tucker Barnhart hammered a solo homerun the next inning, and the Reds held a commanding 4-0 advantage after two innings.

That would be more t...

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Pirates Swept By Reds In Doubleheader

After losing game one 3-1, the Pittsburgh Pirates would drop game two of their doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds by the final of 9-4.  Pittsburgh held the lead twice during this game, but as the story of much of 2020 has been, the pitching could not hold onto that lead.

Colin Moran gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first inning after hitting a double to left field that brought around Adam Frazier.  Moran should have scored on a Josh Bell single to left, but did not cross home plate prior to Bell being tagged out at second.  Cincinnati was able to take a 2-1 lead in the second when Brian Goodwin homered to deep left field.

Joey Votto did what Joey Votto does to the Buccos, go yard.  He would hit a solo homer to right field to give the Reds a two-run lead...

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Pirates Fall To Reds For Fifth Straight Loss

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost their fifth straight game on Monday in the first game of a twin bill against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.

Cody Ponce started for Pittsburgh opposite Trevor Bauer on the mound for the Reds.  Ponce gave up one run on one hit and two walks in four innings, while Bauer gave up one run on four hits in 6.1 innings.  Sam Howard suffered the loss for Pittsburgh, and Raisel Iglesias earned the victory for Cincinnati.

All runs were scored via the homerun today.  Joey Votto hit his eighth homerun of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.  The Pirates were held scoreless until the top of the seventh inning, when Colin Moran hit his eighth homerun of the year to tie the game, 1-1.

But in the bottom of the seven...

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Pirates Blown Out, Swept By Royals

The quest for the number one draft pick continues to roll on for the Pittsburgh Pirates and up to this point the journey has been a successful one.  Today they were crushed by the Kansas City Royals by the final of 11-0.  The loss also gave Kansas City a sweep of Pittsburgh in this three-game series.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates today, and in what has become a trend with the rotation the past couple weeks, was terrible.  Kuhl allowed nine runs on four hits, with six walks and five strikeouts in just 2.1 innings of work.  I don’t know what the plans are for the starting rotation in 2021, but Kuhl can not be a figure that anyone would be excited to see in that rotation.

The Royals countered with Brad Keller...

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Pirates Walk Off, Beat Reds 3-2

The Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds and earn a series split at PNC Park this afternoon.

Despite the horrific 2020 season, the Pirates have actually held their own against their N.L. Central division opponents, including the Reds, and after today’s victory, they are 3-3 on the year against them.

Chad Kuhl started for Pittsburgh today, giving up two runs on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in three innings of work.  The two teams combined to use 11 pitchers, including Richard Rodriguez for the Bucs, who earned his first victory of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

A two-run homerun by Nick Castellanos in the top of the third inning scored Joey Votto to give the Reds a 2-0 lead...

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Suarez Hat Trick Lifts Reds Over Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds continued their four-game series tonight from PNC Park.  The night belonged to Cincinnati, thanks in part to Eugenio Suarez and the three home runs he collected.  In fact, all six of the Reds runs came via the long ball.

Cincinnati got things started in the third inning when Tucker Barnhart hit a solo homer to center field.  Anthony Alford would fracture his elbow on the play running into the wall chasing down the ball and it appears he will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.  The first of the three Suarez homers would occur later in this inning when he hit a three-run home run to left field.

The Pirates got on the board in the third when Gregory Polanco hit a sac fly to centerfield to bring in Erik Gonzalez...

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Pirates Drop Game One Of DH to Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds met up at PNC Park today for the first of two games.  Game one of the doubleheader belonged to Cincinnati as they led from start to finish to pick up a 4-2 victory. Pittsburgh had their chances to take this one, but could not capitalize when it mattered most.

The Reds got things started in the second on a Jose Garcia RBI single to shallow left field that brought home Aristides Aquino.  That lead would triple in the third.  Their second run of the game crossed the plate when Eugenio Suarez hit a sac fly to right field that plated Joey VottoJesse Winkler then hit a RBI single to center to bring around Nick Castellanos.  Castellanos would bring himself home in the fifth with a solo homer to left centerfield.

All four of these runs would com...

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