Tuesday night’s series opener against the Reds was Jameson Taillon‘s first trip back to the mound since the worst start of his career last Tuesday night in San Francisco. Taillon followed up that outing with the second worst start of his career, and it all started when he allowed a lead off triple to Billy Hamilton in the top of the first inning. Hamilton would score on Joey Votto‘s RBI groundout, to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
The top of the second inning was where the Reds really got to Taillon, as Tucker Barnhart got the scoring started with an RBI single to center field. After the Pirates failed to record an out on Homer Bailey‘s sacrifice bunt attempt, Billy Hamilton recorded his second hit of the game and score his second run of the game when he hit a three-run home run to break the game open. Taillon would give up three hits in the third inning, but the Reds would only add one run on the Eugenio Suarez sacrifice fly, with a double play off the bat of Tucker Barnhart ending that frame. After striking out Homer Bailey and Billy Hamilton to start, the Reds hitting onslaught continued with back to back hits from Votto and Duvall, followed by an RBI double off the bat of Scooter Gennett. This would chase Taillon from the game, leaving him with eight earned runs allowed in three and two-thirds innings pitched.
The Pirates offense was off to a promising start in this one, when Josh Bell‘s RBI single in the bottom of the first, worked as a quick answer to the Cincinnati run in the top half of the inning. Andrew McCutchen would be caught stealing third, which was a huge out for Homer Bailey who was looking at the possibility of a very long first inning. Bailey got Jaso swinging to end the first inning, and the Pirates offense would not be heard from again the rest of the night. Adam Frazier led the way for the Pirates offense with three hits in four at bats, and Josh Bell reached base twice with a walk and the RBI single in four plate appearances. Other than that, only three other Pirates recorded hits on the night. Andrew McCutchen had a first inning single, Jordy Mercer doubled in the 7th inning and Max Moroff singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. The Pirates only struck out five times in the ball game, but with only seven hits and two walks in nine innings at the plate, the team could muster only one run on the night.
The loss dropped the Pirates to 51-55 on the season, while the Reds improved to 43-63. The Pirates fell to 24-31 against teams with losing records this season, and they also fell to 1-7 in their eight games played against the Reds so far. Tune in tomorrow night as Trevor Williams takes the mound coming off a quality start against the Giants, as he looks to earn a win against Robert Stephenson and the Reds in game two of this three game series.