The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds renewed their NL Central rivalry yesterday but could not complete the game due to inclement weather, with the contest suspended after six innings and a 7-7 score.
The game was resumed this afternoon and the Pirates got a seventh-inning RBI single from Russell Martin to pick up an 8-7 victory and snap a three-game losing streak.
Yesterday’s action featured ten home runs-six of them by Pittsburgh. In fact, the Pirates (7-6) racked up their roundtrippers on a trio of back-to-back homers, representing just the third time in MLB history the feat has been achieved.
Gaby Sanchez and Neil Walker both had a pair of home runs for Pittsburgh, while Starling Marte and Travis Snider also launched long balls into the Great American Ball Park stands.
The slumping Reds (4-9) got home runs from Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick, Devin Mesoraco, and Joey Votto.
Bryan Morris (2-0) picked up the win for the Pirates with an inning of relief yesterday. Jason Grilli closed the game today for his fourth save.
Pittsburgh starter Wandy Rodriguez struggled again with his velocity and command, permitting six runs in five innings, including three home runs.
Sam Lecure (0-1) was tagged with the loss for the Reds after serving up Martin’s game-winning hit.
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey found his first name to be an apt one last night, allowing four home runs in five innings as he repeatedly made mistakes with his fastball in the strike zone.
In tonight’s regularly scheduled contest, the Reds will start Mike Leake (1-1, 2.45 ERA), while the Pirates will counter with Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.46 ERA).
Patrick Hattman was a long-suffering Pittsburgh Pirates fan until last year when the team had its first winning season since 1992. He is expecting another banner year from his favorite team in 2014.