The Pirates fell in the series finale Wednesday night against the Reds in a very ugly game. Ivan Nova was good through four innings, but got roughed up in the 5th giving us four runs (three earned) through six innings. He was solid throughout besides the 5th inning jam.
The offense was nonexistent the whole series and the trend continued tonight. The team went 0-for-24 and left 25 on base this series, including six today. David Freese and Andrew McCutchen were the only bright spots besides Nova and they combined for four of the seven hits. Freese hit his second homer of the young season to elevate his team leading average to .350.
The Reds played well the whole game and collected 15 hits to go along with nine runs scored. Amir Garrett pitched to his second strong start of the season to lead the 7-2 Reds to the top of the NL Central. Yes it is very early, but it is very impressive and surprising that Cincinnati is at the top of the division.
Billy Hamilton, Jose Peraza and Joey Votto drove in a combined four runs as the first three batters. Eugenio Suárez also drove in three runs for the Reds on a bases-clearing double in the top of the 7th inning. They played very well and hit better than the Bucs all game and series.
The Pirates next game is tomorrow at 2:05 in Boston as the Bucs and Red Sox will make up last week’s rainout in Boston. RHP Chad Kuhl will pitch for Pittsburgh and LHP Eduardo Rodríguez will counter for Boston. These were the same pitchers scheduled to pitch last week. The Bucs will look to bounce back from a brutal Cincinnati series and get a win against Boston before heading to Chicago to play the Cubs for three games.