|Cincinnati Reds (44-64)||2||6||2|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (54-53)||3||6||0|
|W: Watson (2-3) L: Ohlendorf (5-7)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–With the Pirates leading 2-1 in the top of the ninth, Eugenio Suarez led off with a walk. Tucker Barnhart popped up a bunt, and was barely nabbed at first on a good play by Francisco Cervelli, the Pirate catcher, but Suarez advanced to second. A couple of pitches later, Suarez stole third base, then scored — and tied the game — when Ramon Cabrera lined out to left field.
–Another solid start from Anthony DeSclafani: six innings, two runs allowed on two hits. He didn’t improve his record to 7-0, but Disco Tony continues to impress.
–Brandon Phillips was 2-3 with a walk and an RBI. Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton each had a hit and a walk (and, to be fair, Hamilton had an awful at-bat in the ninth.
–Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood weren’t particularly sharp, but they each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
–With the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, manager Bryan Price chose to bring in Ross Ohlendorf to pitch. The ending was predictable: a walkoff homer to the first batter he faced, the 24th time this season that a Reds reliever surrendered a home run to the first hitter.
–Did Ohlendorf pitch because Raisel Iglesias was unavailable, thanks to pitching an unnecessary second inning in a 7-0 game last night? Inquiring minds want to know.
–With two on and two out in the eighth, and the Reds down 2-1, Scott Schebler struck out swinging. Schebler was 0-4 with three strikeouts tonight.
–Suarez and Barnhart each had errors.
–Interesting play in the fifth, when John Jaso lifted a deep fly ball to left field that Hamilton almost made a great play on. Hamilton leaped high on the wall, the ball hit his glove, then Hamilton grabbed the ball as he fell to the ground, before it hit the warning track. Unfortunately, the replay showed that the ball hit the wall before Hamilton caught it, but it was a tremendous effort.
–What are you gonna do? Reds need to win the next two to keep their streak of consecutive series’ won intact. They can do it, right?