|Cutch likes GABP (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)|
The Bucs got a Stew walk in the fifth. A bloop that the Goose couldn't get to opened the Reds half; an out later, Garrett bunted into a DP. He hasn't helped himself a lot with the bat tonight, not that's it's particularly part of his job description. J-Hay got the Bucs second hit in the sixth; like Andrew, he got it into the jet stream (tho to right) to make it 2-0. Hamilton got aboard on Goose's boot. Of course it opened the gates; Joey Votto walked, taking a couple of pitches that could have been called Cole's way, and Adam Duvall popped a fly over the fence to give the Reds the lead. The Buc action in the seventh consisted of J-Bell getting plunked then erased stealing on a failed hit-and-run with the Goose up; he K'ed to end it. Juan Nicasio came on and worked a clean frame.
Drew Storen took the hill in the eighth and with two gone, J-Hay happened again to tie the game. Juan got the first two Reds out righty-on-righty and then Felipe Rivero took the ball and fanned Votto. Micheal Lorenzen bopped Jose Osuna with two gone in the ninth but J-Bell couldn't avenge his fellow rook. Rivero walked Adam Duvall to open, but a whiff and a 6-4-3 DP cleaned that up. The Pirates went down 1-2-3 in the 10th with Votto's grab of Gift's ball up the line to open the inning saving Lorenzen's bacon. Huddy gave up a one-out walk and then fired a wide pickoff toss, moving the runner to second. And of course, an out later Hamilton slapped a two-strike heater into right to win the game.
|Josh flexed his muscles tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Make two errors to give up two runs and lose by one run as Billy Hamilton took advantage of both of the miscues. Should be a lesson in there somewhere.
- Tonight was Josh Harrison's first multi-homer game in the show, and he put on the ritz in his hometown.
- Cutch's 17 long balls at GABP are fifth-most among visiting players and extended his on-base streak to 20 games. J-Bell's streak was stretched to 14 games after he was HBP. Josh Harrison had two hits; Andrew had a bomb and a walk.
- The Reds have the Buccos number so far: they're 4-0 against them. At least this one was close; Cincy took the opening series by a 22-5 scoring margin.
- Gregory has three RBI in 90 PAs batting cleanup and is hitting .225 from the four hole.