Final Score: Pirates 10 Reds 4
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Even though management only started 6 of the 2023 Pirates I’m giving them this one because the 6 had such a great game. Their record now stands at 7-6. The top of the order Hayes, Reynolds and Castro went 7 for 15 and knocking in 5 of the 10 runs. The other 4 were driven in by Chavis (2) and Cruz (2). The last run was a gift from the Reds. Cruz had the modern-day player typical game. He struck out 4 times and hit a home run. He never put a ball on the field. The Pirates struck out 14 times and still managed to score 10 runs. Roansy Contreras pitched only 4 innings and did not qualify for the win. Greg Brown said that Roansy would have to settle for 4 scoreless innings. Well, he better settle for 4 innings of giving up 1 run on 3 hits because that is what he really did. Greg, I know those short naps are great, but try to pay attention to the game once in a while. It was a nice series sweep for the Pirates.
Key Moment of The Game: It was the way the 8th inning unfolded that seemed to seal the deal. The score was 4-2 going into the top of the 8th and with the way the bullpen has been performing, the outcome was very much in doubt. Michael Chavis walked to start the inning. He went to 2nd on a bunt by Newman. Jack Suwinski flied out to center. Oneil Cruz came to the plate having struck out 3 times. On the 3rd pitched he smashed an opposite field homer to put the Pirates ahead 6-2 that gave them a nice cushion. In the 9th we scored 4 more times to really seal the deal.
Next Game: Tonight, Mets in New York. Zack Josh Van Collins Meter made another appearance briefly to play first base when Kevin Newman did something to his hand diving into the netting chasing a foul ball down the first base line. Major meeting today for the management team to try a get back to the losing ways. We can only guess what the lineup moves might be over the next week to get back in the draft chase. It shouldn’t take much considering we have the Mets and Yankees the next 6 games.