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Recap: Reds Win 4th Straight, 4-1 Over the Pirates

The Reds have had to come from behind in two recent victories, but they got to play the role of frontrunner tonight. Cincy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning as they manufactured runs via a hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly, and a two-out single by Freddy Galvis.

Tucker Barnhart blasted a solo Home Run in the second inning to give the Reds a commanding 4-0 advantage and they never looked back from there to earn their fourth consecutive victory and clinch a series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tonight’s 4-1 victory also moved the Reds within just a half of a game of the playoffs.

Michael Lorenzen pitched five outstanding innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Tejay Antone, Lucas Sims, and Amir Garrett combined to pitch four innings of one hit, shutout baseball to clinch the victory.

Cincinnati will look to finish off the four game series sweep tomorrow evening at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time against the Pirates. Luis Castillo (2-5, 3.44) will take the mound against J.T. Brubaker (1-1, 5.34).

Michael Lorenzen Steps Up

Filling in as a spot-starter, Michael Lorenzen made his first start since 2018 and threw an absolute gem. He threw five innings while allowing just one run on four hits and struck out six batters.

With Sonny Gray on the Injury List it was necessary for someone to step up in his absence and Lorenzen did just that this evening. After a truly horrendous beginning to the 2020 season Lorenzen stayed the course and has now lowered his Earned Run Average to 4.56 and is now 2-1 on the year.

Fourth Straight Victory

It is no secret that the 2020 Cincinnati Reds had underachieved so far this season. It got to the point where it seemed impossible for them to turn things around in a shortened season. However, now riding a four-game winning streak, the Reds find themselves squarely in the playoff picture.

Assuming the Brewers hold on to their massive lead over the Cardinals, the Reds will finish the night just a half of a game out of the playoffs. They trail the San Francisco Giants by a half of a game in the Wild Card picture, but now are also just a half of a game behind the Cardinals for second place in National League Central.

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Article written by Brandon Ramsey

11 Comments for Recap: Reds Win 4th Straight, 4-1 Over the Pirates



  1. Section233
    9:38 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Hey westky -what was that you said about the Reds…



    • westkycat20
      10:19 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

      I said they SUCK



    • westkycat20
      10:22 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

      The simple fact that you are excited that you have won 4 straight and are in contention for the last spot in the everyone gets in but 2 teams playoffs, proves my point. THANK YOU!!



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:59 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

      REDS WIN! REDS WIN! REDS WIN! You know why? Because the Reds are the BEST!



  2. UKgrad80
    9:50 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Wow beating the Pirates, BFD



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:22 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

      A win is a win.



  3. damage_control
    4:21 am September 16, 2020 Permalink

    HOLY COW Reds fans! Looks like it’s starting to come together. And for you scummy Cards fans saying meh it’s the Pirates. You lost by 100 tonight so you SUCK! Haha!



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:40 am September 16, 2020 Permalink

      Is this BigBluSoTru? Lol



  4. damage_control
    4:23 am September 16, 2020 Permalink

    #ForfeitCOVIDcards



  5. chrisnoleinky
    5:08 am September 16, 2020 Permalink

    Go Cubs go fly the W



  6. 2Dogs
    8:21 am September 16, 2020 Permalink

    Just to keep things fair and balanced let’s have a Cardinals update. Anybody catch their score last night?