Reds at Pirates — September 10, 2016

The ol’ Redlegs (58-82) won a game yesterday. They put the Pirates (69-70) below .500. This has been an awesome week, right?

So here’s the state of things: the Reds and Buccos play tonight at 7:05 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It’s a four-game series, and these clubs have split the first two games. Pittsburgh bunted a lot last night, and I wouldn’t mind if they gave more free outs to the Reds tonight.

The Pirates are still in the thick of the wild card race, despite the losing record. They’re only 5 games out, so I’m telling you there’s a chance. I guess.

Starting Pitchers

Robert Stephenson 3.12 5.69 2.08 2.60 6.75
Drew Hutchison 4.97 6.55 2.84 2.84 8.53

Robert Stephenson will be the starter for the good guys, in a battle of a couple of youngsters. Stephenson, of course, just returned to the Reds after rosters expanded, after experiencing a roller-coaster year at AAA Louisville. You’ll remember that Stephenson had a couple of good starts back in April, and his first start back with the Reds (earlier this week) wasn’t bad either: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk.

Drew Hutchison will be making his first start for Pittsburgh after coming over in the Francisco Liriano trade. He wasn’t great in AAA with the Blue Jays (though he did strike out a lot of guys), but he did make a couple of decent starts for the big league club over in the junior circuit. Who knows?

Starting Lineups

Reds Pirates
1. Jose Peraza (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)
1. Josh Harrison (2B)
2. Josh Bell (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Gregory Polanco (LF)
5. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
6. John Jaso (1B)
7. Francisco Cervelli (C)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Drew Hutchison (P)

I went to Pittsburgh once

I went to Pittsburgh for a weekend a couple of years ago to watch some concerts*. I didn’t actually get to visit PNC Park, but my wife and I walked around the outside and marveled at the structure (it’s nice). Then we went into the team shop and didn’t spend any money on Pirates gear. Fun times.

*Bonus points to any readers who can guess which two bands I saw in Pittsburgh.

Afterward, we ate a Primanti Bros. sandwich at the original location, which was pretty good. End of (boring) story.


The Reds are probably the best team on earth, so they’ll beat the Pirates again today. And since they won’t be wearing the throwbacks again, just let me reiterate:


  1. james garrett says:

    I just wonder if we dropped Cosart to the 8 hole and moved Tucker to 7 and Suarez behind Peraza we could increase our chances to score.I just think if it gets Suarez an extra at bat each game then it helps our chances.

    1. Chad Dotson says:

      No question, IMO, that this would help the offense.

    2. DHud says:


    3. Vicferrari says:

      The most sense would be Votto batting 2nd, BP bats 3rd, might need to move both Suarez and Schebler above Duvall…such a shame the way Cozart tanked second half really was building up value

  2. DHud says:

    Bob Steve needs to throw strikes and keep the pitch count down tonight

    And the rest of the Reds need to pull their heads out of their rears

  3. james garrett says:

    Not doing so good so far with the first three Bucs reaching base.Got to throw strikes or it will be short night.

  4. james garrett says:

    Who knows if Cosart hadn’t got dinged up he may have continued to hit,I am not sure he is healthy right now but he hasn’t done much in the 2 hole in awhile.

    1. DHud says:


      The individual who plays SS for the Cincinnati Reds’ name is Cozart, with a “z.”

      Not Cosart.

      1. TR says:

        Cozart as in Mozart.

  5. james garrett says:

    Zack had hitters count at 3-1 in first at bat and 2-0 in the second at bat and just doesn’t seem to be seeing the ball well.I think he is hurting some and I know everybody is dinged up but maybe he needs to take a few days off.

  6. ChrisInVenice says:

    Suarez bad at bat. Like to see him change approach with 2 strikes, no outs & two men on.

  7. james garrett says:

    I stand corrected on Cozart.

  8. seat101 says:

    I love those uniforms! I would work on a kick starter fun to help pay for them!

  9. Vicferrari says:

    excellent strategy to try to win a meaningless game in September by taking at future stud starter after a few rough innings. Hopefully we will get to see Big Pasta eat some innings

  10. preacherj says:

    Well, the Bullpen is consistent

  11. Craig Z says:

    Better Than Ezra and the Gin Blossoms?

    1. Craig Z says:

      Never mind. I read it as a couple weeks ago at first.

  12. preacherj says:

    Hope Harrison isn’t really hurt

    1. Chad Dotson says:

      Me too. Always root for a Cincinnati kid.

  13. Vicferrari says:

    So Price double switched for a pitcher and he takes that pitcher out before his turn at bat comes up and the 9th hole came up the half inning before. All it nets him is Duvall is out of the game- how much of an upgrade is Holt in LF?

    1. Vicferrari says:

      I do not know why needless double switches irritate me, but now Lorenzen cannot go out for the 9th after throwing 10 pitches and attempt the 2 out save.

      1. preacherj says:

        Yeah. Its irritating

  14. preacherj says:

    This Votto kid is pretty good.

  15. preacherj says:

    Prior to that hit, Peraza was tied with votto in 4 hit games. But he can barely sniff the field.

  16. Vicferrari says:

    So was that HBP intentional???

    1. I-71_Exile says:

      The Pirate Way™

    2. preacherj says:

      Not sure. But Brandon has a hard time with injuries to the hands and wrists

  17. preacherj says:

    Leadoff walk. Consistency in action

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