What did I say in the series preview? When you play in Great American Ballpark, you know the home runs are coming, you just hope to keep the opposing ones to solo shots. Well, on the flip side, when you hit them you’d like them to be with men on base. Tonight was not the case, but it didn’t matter as the Pirates just hit four home runs to make up for them all being solo shots.
Andrew McCutchen, David Freese, Jung Ho Kang and Josh Harrison each belted a solo home run in this game as the Pirates trailed most of the game until JHay’s HR in the 8th inning. The Pirates would push a run home without a blast in the top of the ninth on a Jordy Mercer RBI single to give the Pirates the winning run.
Mark Melancon nailed down his 10th save of the season with a scoreless ninth and the Bucs get out of a Cincinnati with a split in a brief two-game series after the rainout yesterday. It’s a big victory with three games in Wrigley against the ’27 Yankees looming this weekend.
The Reds also hit a million batters in this game mostly because Alfredo Simon had no clue where the ball was going, but a couple of others may have been because the Reds are a bunch of jagoffs. You know two things are gonna happen when the Pirates and Reds play—Billy Hamilton gets a ton of hits and the Reds will hit batters. It’s annoying, and I’m glad we don’t have to see these guys till August.