|Cincinnati Reds (60-67)
|Pittsburgh Pirates (53-57)
|W: Vazquez (4-1) L: Iglesias (2-9)|
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Things were going well for the Reds pitching until the 9th inning. The Pirates had four hits off of Raisel Iglesias and scored twice to walk things off.
Aristides Aquino put the Reds ahead 1-0 with his 12th home run of the year, hitting a 402-foot homer in the 2nd inning. That’s where the game stayed until the 6th inning. The Reds wouldn’t score again until the top of the 8th. Freddy Galvis doubled with one out, and then Aristides Aquino doubled to bring him in to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
Freddy Galvis would finish the night with two hits, going 2-4. Aristides Aquino would finish the night 3-4 and drive in the only two runs that the Reds had. Tucker Barnhart was the only other Red to reach base at least twice, going 1-2 with two walks.
Anthony DeSclafani put together a strong start. He didn’t give up a run until the 6th inning of the game, and it was the only run he allowed. When he left the game it was tied at 1-1 and he allowed just five hits and two walks over the span of his six innings pitched. He also struck out four batters.
Robert Stephenson came out and pitched a perfect seventh inning with the exception of having to work around an error by Eugenio Suarez. His inning also included a strikeout. Amir Garrett came out for the eighth, and he took tossed a perfect inning with a strikeout, and when he left the game the Reds were up 2-1.
Raisel Iglesias came out for the save in the 9th inning, but things just didn’t go his way. Colin Moran led off with a single to left field. Jose Osuna followed with a single to left field, too. Adam Frazier came up next and blooped a single into center field to tie the game up. After a sac bunt moved the runners up to second and third, Pablo Reyes drove a ball into deep left-center to end the game for a Pirates walk-off win.
Notes Worth Noting
Aristides Aquino! What more can you say? His 402-foot home run was his 12th of the season and he’s now the Major League record holder for most home runs in a players first 22 games played. He also holds the record for quickest to reach career home runs 8, 9, 10, and 11.
Players weekend began tonight, and the nicknames are awesome. But players weekend began tonight and the jerseys are absolutely awful looking. That said, the pictures out there of Aristides Aquino, who was using a red bat to go with those awful all white uniforms, probably look pretty good.
Raisel Iglesias now has nine losses. Win-loss record isn’t all that useful, but when the closer has nine losses, it’s painful.
Ronald Aunca reached 30/30 status tonight for the Braves. That led to the stat going around for the fewest games in a season in National League history for a player to reach 30/30 status. Way up at the top of the list is Eric Davis, who needed just 90 games in 1987 to do it.
Fewest Games Played to Reach 30 HR/30 SB – NL History
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 24, 2019
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