The Pirates came out firing on all cylinders in game one against the Reds. Pittsburgh scored nine runs in just two innings. Two runs in the first and seven in the second. The three-day break really helped the Bucs out as they were finally able to get a lead early.
In the 2nd, Gregory Polanco blasted another home run to make the game 3-0. Then Jacob Stallings scored himself an RBI base hit, allowing Erik Gonzalez to score from third. The second inning lasted forever for the Reds, and their starter, however, six runs later the score was 9-0. And the inning finally ended.
Trevor Williams had a pretty good outing, five innings with four strikeouts. Although he did allow Cincinnati to score three runs, a solid game for the 0-3 starter.
Keeping It Close
The Pirates’ bats slowed down a little bit after their incredible 2nd inning. They got a few hits here and there, but nothing that scored any runs. Thankfully, they were also able to shut down the Reds’ bats as well.
Cincinnati struck again in the bottom of the 7th, when Freddy Galvis blasted a homer to cut the Bucs’ lead to five-runs.
Cincinnati again cut their deficit after Tucker Barnhart went yard in the bottom of the 9th and cut the Pirates’ lead to 9-6.
What was once a 9-0 game, ended as a 9-6 victory for the Bucs. Their hitting was on fire early one, however, they fizzled out allowing the Reds to keep it close. The Pirates return for game two tomorrow.
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