In a frustrating fashion that is becoming their trademark, the Pittsburgh Pirates lose to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3, evening up the series at one each.

This loss brings the Pirates record to 69-70 and further diminishes their chances of making it into the postseason for a fourth year in a row.

Takeaways

  • Rookie pitcher Steven Brault had a decent start tonight giving up 5 hits in 5 innings, allowing 2 runs, 2 walks and striking out 2. He came into the game 0-2 and didn’t make up any ground. This team just can’t seem to get him a W.
  • In honor of African American Heritage month, the Pittsburgh Pirates wore throwback uniforms representing the Homestead Grays – a Negro League team formed in 1912 based near Pittsburgh. The Reds also wore throwback jerseys, replicas of the Cincinnati Tigers, from both the Independent and Negro American leagues. It was a very baseball way to show respect for the men who played the game, even when the game wasn’t ready to accept them.

Throwaways

  • Bad base running continues to plague the Buccos, with Gregory Polanco wasting a lead-off double in the second with a blunder. Then, in the sixth, Kang got picked off at first. You can’t score runs without men on base.
  • Pitchers who rake – Reds pitcher Tim Adleman went 2 for 2 on the night, scoring one run and one RBI. The Buccos pitched around catcher Ramon Cabrera to get to him in the fourth.

W – Raisel Iglesias (3-1)
L – Tony Watson (2 – 5)

Line of the Night
Jordy Mercer continues his quiet dominance for the Buccos. In 4 at bats, he had 2 runs, 2 hits, struck out once and pulled through a perfect sac bunt in the 9th to get David Freese and Francisco Cervelli into scoring position with the Reds leading by 1.

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Next up:
On the final Zambelli Fireworks night of the season, Drew Hutchinson (1-0), who was acquired from the Blue Jays in that Liriano trade, gets his first start in the black and gold tomorrow. Hutch goes up against the Reds’ Robert Stephenson (2-1). Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Joy Frank-Collins

Joy Frank-Collins is a Communications professional who got her start writing as a journalist at a daily newspaper in southeastern Ohio. She was born in Reds country, but "found" baseball watching the 1986 Mets win the World Series. She lives in Marietta, Ohio, with her family, who all share her passion for Pirates baseball. She loves the suicide squeeze, a crisp 6-4-3 double play and catchers (especially Russell Martin). When not obsessing over baseball, Joy likes to work out, travel and drink wine. Check her out on Instagram @JoyFC