|Final — 10 innings||R||H||E|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (11-14)||3||3||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (12-13)||4||6||0|
|W: Lorenzen (2-0) L: Hudson (0-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–After struggling his last time out, Amir Garrett returned to form today with an outstanding start against the Buccos: 7 innings, two runs allowed on two hits (both home runs).
–The Reds were down 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth. Billy Hamilton reached on an error, then promptly stole second — his third stolen base of the night, and 13th of the season, tops in the league. After Joey Votto walked, Adam Duvall busted his 8th home run of the season, and the Reds had a 3-2 lead.
–In the bottom of the tenth, Tucker Barnhart drew a one-out walk, and Arismendy Alcantara came on to pinch-run for him. Alcantara advanced to second on a throwing error by Pittsburgh reliever Daniel Hudson and, one out later, Billy Hamilton doubled to drive in the winning run. Walk it off, Redlegs.
–Hamilton reached base three times (including once on a fielding error) with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and three stolen bases.
–Michael Lorenzen pitched two perfect innings, the ninth and the tenth. He struck out three and was pretty much dominant.
–Really bad decision-making by Bryan Price in the bottom of the ninth tonight. With the game tied 3-3, Duvall drew a leadoff walk. Scott Schebler — who has been among the hottest hitters in the league for the last couple of weeks — came to the plate…and squared to bunt. Then he squared to bunt again. Then he struck out.
Why you would ask Schebler to bunt in that situation is beyond me. Of course, it provided the Pirates with a free out, and he didn’t advance the runner. Then pinch-hitter Eugenio Suarez grounded into a double play almost immediately. Rally killed.
–Two wins in a row. That’s a winning streak, my friends.
–Garrett was in command all night. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a rookie pitcher demonstrate so much confidence on the mound so early in his career. I love that demeanor: Garrett just seems unflappable.
–Drew Storen gave up a homer to Josh Harrison — Harrison’s second of the night — to allow the Pirates to tie the game. But it was really just one bad pitch. Storen looked pretty good once again tonight.
–With his first stolen base tonight, Billy Hamilton passed Brandon Phillips to move into 8th place on the Reds all-time SB list (since 1901). With four more SBs, Hamilton will move into 7th place on the franchise list, passing Hall-of-Famer Edd Roush.
–I know I’ve become a bit irrational about Hamilton over the last year, and it’s a fun little running joke. He has been pretty bad at the plate so far in 2017, though the defense and base running have been elite, as usual. But he seems like such a genuine kid, it’s hard to root against him. (I just wish he’d start getting on base again.)
–Amazing post-game interview by Hamilton. I enjoyed this part: “My team always says, ‘Billy, you get on and we go.'”
Yes, Billy. When you get on, the Reds go. Go Reds.