Pirates 12, Reds 3

The game was off to a disastrous start for the Pirates, as the team went down quietly in the first and Glasnow issued a lead off walk to Billy Hamilton. After walking the second batter of the game, Tyler Glasnow saw his one strike fastball driven deep to center field for a three-run homer by Joey Votto. Once Tyler Glasnow finally recorded an out though, he was well on his way to becoming the story of the game for the Pirates in game two of their four game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Trailing 3-0 early, Glasnow went on to retire 18 of the next 23 batters he would face. He registered his first career quality start with his first career six inning start, to go along with his first career win.

These were not the only firsts for Tyler Glasnow on the night, as he gave the Pirates the lead for good when he hit a two-run single up the middle in what was eventually a six-run fourth inning for the Pirates. Glasnow would walk with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, to register his third RBI of the night, matching the amount of runs he allowed to the Reds.

Glasnow was not the only Pirates rookie to impact the game for the Pirates, as he was joined by four rookie teammates in the starting lineup for the team. When Gift Ngoepe took the field as a defensive replacement for the Pirates in the bottom of the sixth inning, he became the sixth Pirates rookie to appear in the ball game for the Pirates. Rookie Alen Hanson got the scoring started for the Pirates, when he led off the third inning with a triple and scored when Jordy Mercer followed that at bat with a double of his own. Jose Osuna drove in the second run for the Pirates on a fielder’s choice following McCutchen and Jaso setting the table for him to start the fourth inning. Things got away from Feldman with two outs after his intentional walk to Mercer. Glasnow drove in the tying and go ahead run with his hit, and Josh Harrison followed that quickly with a three run home run. The home run was Harrison’s third of the series and fifth of the year, to take the lead on the Pirates club.

The Reds were not playing a sloppy game until the top of the 7th inning, when Zack Cozart had a hard hit line drive go off his glove to give Gift Ngoepe a two run single that made the score 9-3. Former Pirate farmhand Blake Wood, replaced Stephenson after the two run single, and he went on to issue a bases loaded walk to the pitcher. Following that at bat, a passed ball by Reds rookie catcher Stuart Turner, and a wild pitch by Blake Wood allowed two more runs to cross the plate for the Pirates. That would conclude all the scoring for the night, with the score the Pirates 12-3. Wade LeBlanc entered the game for Pittsburgh, and recorded a relatively clean nine out save to close out Tyler Glasnow’s first career win. The win improve the Pirates record to 12-14, while the loss dropped the Reds to 12-14.

Tune in tomorrow night as Jameson Taillon (2.08 ERA/3.56 FIP) take the mound for the Pirates, to face Rookie Davis (11.17 ERA/7.34 FIP) and the Reds.

Josh Ruga

My name is Joshua Ruga and I am from a small town in South Jersey. I grew up in the area and went to Buena Regional high school before attending Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey where I received my undergrad degree. I graduated from Rowan University in 2012, with a degree in Communication Studies. I am a huge baseball fan who recently decided to start writing about this topic that I am so passionate about. My favorite Pirates memory comes from the 2010 season. Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run walk off homerun against Huston Street, then of the Colorado Rockies. This happened in extra innings with the Pirates down 7-5 before the swing of the bat. In my mind, it signaled the consecutive losing seasons streak for the Pirates ending. The Pirates would go on to have two more losing seasons following 2010, but behind the efforts of young players like Pedro Alvarez, they were in the pennant race throughout the summer months of both 2011 and 2012.

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