At least the rain didn’t start until the Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremony was over.
After Anthony DeSclafani pitched a clean first inning, the Reds first 2 batters of the game drew walks. Joey Votto then hit into a double play; Eugenio SuÃƒÂ¡rez hit a warning track fly out to end the inning.
From there, theÃ‚Â game was all Pirates as they built a 5-0 lead until Curt Casali’s 2 run homer in the bottom of the seventh put the Red on the board. But that was it for the Reds.
The Pirates tacked on an ultimately unneeded insurance run in the 8th with the help of a Reds wild pitch to set the final margin.
|Cincinnati Reds (43-55)||Ã‚Â 2||6||0|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (50-49)||Ã‚Â 6||12||1|
|W: Kingham (5-4)Ã‚Â L: DeSclafani (4-3)|
What Went Right
Jesse Winker got 2 hits to extend his streak
Winker's career-high 12g hit streak is the longest by any rookie in the majors this season…is the longest by a Reds rookie since Hamilton’s 12g streak in June 2014…Jay Bruce was last Reds rookie with a hitting streak longer than 12g (13g, 7/27-8/9, 2008).
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) July 22, 2018
Amir Garrett pitched a clean inning.
Curt Casali hit a 2 run bomb.
We're on the board! Curt Casali hits a 2-run homer to left.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 22, 2018
Things Which Went Bump In The Night
There was yet another rain delay.
Anthony DeSclafani allowed 3 runs in 4.1 innings of work, 1 before the rain delay and 2 after the rain.Ã‚Â Corey Dickerson dinged Disco for 2 solo home runs.
Between the two Dickerson homers Nick Kirby tweeted
I am not too worried because it takes a while for a pitcher to come back after a long DL stint, but DeSclafani has a 2.51 HR/9 (13 HR in 46.2 IP)
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) July 21, 2018
Disco’s numbers now are 14HR in 48.1 innings, 2.62HR/9. Maybe it is worrying time?
Michael Lorenzen allowed 2 runs in an inning of work. Both scored on a seeing eye hit by Pirates starter Nick Kingham prompting this comment by Nick Carrington
Baseball is a weird game. The Pirates scored two runs on three hits in the sixth. According to statcast, those hits had a 28%, 8%, and 10% chance of being hits. Brutal.
— Nick Carrington (@ncarrington14) July 22, 2018
Jared Hughes wild pitched home the Pirates final run with 2 outs in the 8th inning.
Curt Casali got a Pirates hello greeting in the 9th being drilled by a pitch following his 7th inning home run. Be ready for Reds retaliation tomorrow.
The Reds are having trouble rekindling the magic they had found before the All Star break. The starting pitching has been just so-so, and that’s probably being too generous. The relievers haven’t been able to hold the line. The offense hasn’t been able to create strings of consecutive productive plate appearances resulting in multiple runs. Let’s hope the team wakes up tomorrow full of fire and gets the train rolling again.