The advantage lasted one KC toss when Brandon Phillips lined the first pitch Correia threw 388' into the seats in left field for his 17th homer of the season, and it was tied just that quickly. It could have been worse; KC stranded a pair.
The game, for all intents and purposes, would be decided in the second. Dioner Navarro walked to lead off the second on five pitches, all fastballs. After an out, Mike Leake squared to bunt, then pulled back and chopped a grounder past Pedro Alvarez to put runners at first and second.
Phillips hit a ball off a diving Clint Barmes' mitt, dying in short left for a double and scoring Navarro.With runners on second and third, Correia skipped a slider past Michael McKenry. Leake scored from third. The Fort's throw to the plate caught him sliding home and deflected away toward the dugout, and Phillips came around, too. The Reds led 4-1.
- The Pirates’ five-game losing streak is their longest since April 10th-14th.
- The Pirate attendance has been noticeably down in September, but they're not alone. Cincinnati hasn't drawn 20,000 fans to Great American for either Bucco game.
- Jared Hughes and Brandon Phillips have kissed and made up after the Reds' second baseman tweeted out charges of racism following the beanball brouhaha last night. Hughes was thought to have called him "boy." Cutch got the pair together, and now they respect each other again. Awwww...
- Relievers Chris Resop, Jared Hughes and Chris Leroux were not available for duty tonight. The Reds didn't have Aroldis Chapman. They decided to shut him down for a few days because of a dead arm, which showed last night when his velocity was down 5 MPH from the previous Pirate trip to Cincinnati.
- The rotation for the Cubs series, beginning Friday: James McDonald, Jeff Locke, Wandy Rodriguez and Kevin Correia. AJ Burnett goes versus Cincy tomorrow.
- The Hanshin Tigers are looking at offering Jeff Clement a contract next year, according to a Japanese report retweeted by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker.