The Reds starting pitching has been absolutely outstanding all season long, but tonight it simply didn’t work out on the mound for Anthony DeSclafani. Despite throwing 11 scoreless innings to begin the season, Disco allowed nine runs on nine hits in just two innings of work this evening.
Adam Frazier started things off for the Pirates with a leadoff Home Run on the second pitch of the game and that was just the beginning of the fireworks for Pittsburgh. Colin Moran followed it up in the first inning with a Solo Home Run of his own to give the Pirates a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning. Then, the floodgates really opening in the second inning.
— Pirates (@Pirates) August 13, 2020
Gregory Polanco Homered to begin the the second frame and the Pirates would eventually push across seven runs to take a 9-0 lead. Anthony DeSclafani did survive the second inning but then turned the ball over to left-hander Cody Reed to begin the third. Disco allowed five consecutive singles to Pittsburgh batters before he exited the game and was responsible for all nine runs on the evening.
The Reds would eventually make some noise at the plate thanks to three Home Runs of their own from Nick Senzel, Freddy Galvis, and Tucker Barnhart. They had a runner on in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score at 9-6, but the damage had already been done and the comeback attempt fell short.
Nick Senzel collects his second and third RBI of the game with a home run to right. pic.twitter.com/v0o594YCmj
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 13, 2020
Pittsburgh picked up just their second win in twelve games to move to 4-13 on the season while the Reds fell to 8-11 with the 9-6 loss. The Reds are back in action again tomorrow evening at Great American Ball Park at 7:10 p.m. Eastern Time as Sonny Gray takes the mound against Chad Kuhl.
Reds Bullpen was Excellent
You do not get to say this often, but the Reds bullpen deserves high praise this evening. For once, it was the starting pitching that struggled as DeSclafani gave up all nine runs of the game in just the first two innings of play. From that point on the Reds bullpen was nearly perfect allowing just two hits while striking out seven in the final seven innings.
Cody Reed pitched the first 2 2/3 innings and allowed just a single hit and struck out three batters. Then, Michael Lorenzen came in and threw the ball great after struggling in almost every outing this season. Lorenzen went 3 1/3 innings giving up just one hit. Lucas Sims pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning to close the books for the Reds bullpen.
Jesse Winker Stays Hot Once Again
After going 2-4 this evening with a Double and a Run Scored, Winker is now 15 for his last 26 at the plate with 3 Doubles and 3 Home Runs. He has got his batting average all the way up to .347 on the season. Despite starting the year in a terrible slump, the left-handed hitter has really found his groove over the last week or so at the plate.