Tony Watson came on for the Pirates, and Ramon Santiago greeted him with a grounder up the middle. He was bunted to second and a grounder moved him to third, but Watson got Brandon Phillips to chase for a three pitch whiff. Martin had to block the ball, but had no problem with the throw, as Phillips elected to not run it out.
Gaby grounded out sharply to third to open the eighth, followed by a Clint Barmes bloop single. It ain't how hard you hit 'em, just where. Travis Ishikawa grabbed a stick and took a walk. Marte whiffed swinging over a 3-2 knuckle curve, a pretty gutsy pitch for LeCure to toss in that count. Snider bounced out, and Mark the Shark got the call.
With an out, he lost Jay Bruce on a full count with a cutter that could have easily been called Melancon's way. A roller moved Bruce to second, but after falling behind Devin Mesoraco 3-0, MM got him to ground out to second on his green light swing.
Nick Christiani took the bump in the ninth for the Reds to face the 3-4-5 hitters for the Buccos. Cutch bounced a single to left, but Christiani worked out of it easily. Jason Grilli took the hill, with the 8-9-1 batters due up. Roger Bernadina pinch hit and went down swinging. Chris Heisey came off the bench and popped up on the first pitch. The count went full on Billy Hamilton, but Grilled Cheese whipped a heater past him and the Bucs took home an 8-7 win that took 23-1/2 hours to earn.
Bryan Morris got the win from yesterday's outing and Grilli the save. No more assault on the HR records, but a quick W is just as sweet. Forty more minutes and the regularly scheduled game will begin at 7:10.
- The Bucs and Reds lead MLB in one run games with eight. Pittsburgh is 6-2; Cincy 2-6. Losing Aroldis Chapman (he's tossing bullpen sessions now) hasn't helped them much in the early slogging.