The Pirates fell to the Reds Thursday afternoon 4-2 to drop three-of-four in Cincinnati this series. The loss today drops the Pirates to 12-16 on the season and just 1-6 against the Reds. The good news is we won’t have to see the Reds until August 1 nor see Great American Ball Park until August 25.
Ivan Nova started off cruising like normal with three scoreless innings, but ran into trouble in the 4th and 5th innings as the Reds took a 2-1 lead on an Adam Duvall single. They extended the lead in the 5th inning when Joey Votto doubled in a run and Duvall tripled to score Votto and make it 4-1. The Reds were seeing Nova well in this inning as he continued to pound the strike zone.
The Pirates bats were once again quiet versus a lesser known pitcher like RHP starter Tim Adleman. Gift Ngoepe gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead on a RBI double in the second inning to score Francisco Cervelli from first base. Cervelli doubled in Bell in the 6th inning to cut the Reds lead to 4-2, but that would be it for the offense.
Polanco batted cleanup again today and went 0-for-3 with a walk and is now hitting just .221 with four RBIs. His swing looks messed up at the plate, which leads me to believe his shoulder is still bothering him or his plan to shorten his swing during spring training has his out of his rhythm.