After the Pirates took game one in an almost dominating fashion, game two was the complete opposite. The Bucs’ had trouble hitting Reds’ starter Sonny Gray for most of the game. Pirates’ Chad Kuhl did his best to keep the game close, however, he gave up a few runs in the middle innings.
The Reds got on the board first after Jesse Winker blasted a homer in the 2nd that just made it over the wall.
Pittsburgh answered when Bryan Reynolds hit a home run of his own in the 4th inning. However, in the bottom half, Winker hit his second bomb of the game, this time a two-run shot to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
Kuhl’s night ended after five innings, he struck out six batters and gave up all three runs. Nik Turley took his place in the 6th inning. Turley had good inning of work, striking out two and getting out unharmed.
Chris Stratton entered in the 7th, and got into some trouble, giving up four runs. The Reds scored on a fielder’s choice that scored Josh VanMeter, and then later on Nick Castellanos ripped a three-run homer.
Cincinnati had a commanding 7-1 lead late in the game, as the Bucs continued to struggle at the plate. The Reds scored again in the 8th when Barnhart drove in another run, this time Freddy Galvis crossed the plate.
The story of the Pirates’ season continues and they cannot gather a few wins in a row as they fell 8-1. Their hitting was invisible today, except for Reynolds’ homer. The Bucs just couldn’t get the job done with runners on, or even start a rally to apply pressure.
Pittsburgh had an amazing game one and looked like a new team, however, after this game, it’s clear that they’re the same Pirates.
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