Pirates pick up where they left off, batter Reds (Jul 21, 2018)

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of many groups that didn’t wish to cease enjoying when the All-Star break arrived. Their solely downside when the break ended was they couldn’t get began when they wished.

But as soon as they endured an almost three-hour rain delay Friday night time in Cincinnati, they picked up where they left off earlier than the break by pounding the Reds 12-1 – their seventh win in a row and ninth in 10 video games. They additionally reached the .500 mark at 49-49 after being eight video games below solely two weeks in the past.

Sean Rodriguez, who got here in batting .145, had a three-run dwelling run towards Reds starter Tyler Mahle (7-Eight) amongst his three hits and drove in 4 runs in his first recreation since injuring his proper quadriceps on June 24. Starling Marte added a grand slam along with his workforce already up 7-1 within the eighth inning, which helped make the 1:33 a.m. EDT end nearly bearable for the streaking Pirates.

Almost.

“These guys have been playing unbelievably well,” mentioned Rodriguez, who had been on a minor league rehabilitation task. “The train’s been rolling. I wanted to see if I could hop on and contribute.”

Jameson Taillon (7-7) was robust once more versus the Reds, permitting one run over 5 1/Three innings, although he wasn’t fairly as dominating as he was in beating them 5-Zero with a complete-game one-hitter on April Eight.

Right-handers Nick Kingham (Four-Four, Four.26 ERA) of the Pirates and Anthony DeSclafani (Four-2, 5.32) of the Reds will match up Saturday night time within the second recreation of the three-game NL Central sequence at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates have received seven of 11 within the season sequence to this point.

Kingham, a 2010 Pirates fourth-round draft pick, is a rookie who will likely be going through the Reds for the primary time. DeSclafani, who missed all of final season and the primary two months of this season with accidents, is 2-2 with a Three.38 ERA in seven profession begins towards Pittsburgh.

DeSclafani beat the Pirates Eight-6 on June 17 at PNC Park, giving up two runs over 5 2/Three innings. He’s had nice success towards a lot of the Pirates lineup, however outfielder Gregory Polanco is 5-for-17 (.294) with one homer and two RBIs.

While the Pirates stored up their pre-All-Star break surge Friday with 16 hits, 5 for additional bases, the Reds even have been on a determined upward development that first baseman Joey Votto mentioned was definitely being observed by opposing groups.

The Reds are 21-11 since mid-June, regardless of dropping their final two, a mini surge that’s supplying a workforce that started the season with data of Three-15 and Eight-27 hope that they will do far more the remainder of the season than merely play out the schedule.

They don’t count on an extended and dismal Friday night time to change that.

“Our next step is getting up to .500 and going from there, and we’ve got two months to make that happen,” Votto mentioned after coming back from the All-Star Game in Washington. “What we’ve done of late is really pretty impressive, and guys around the league have commented on it, coaches and managers, so we’ll go from there.”

A 10-game homestand to begin the post-All-Star a part of their schedule would appear to supply hope that their upswing can proceed, however the Reds are enjoying almost the identical at dwelling (21-27) as they are on the highway (22-27).

“Guys are excited to play ball – guys are excited to play winning ball,” Votto mentioned. “We need to continue to play well. We’ve done a little bit, (but) we haven’t really done hardly anything yet. Continuing to trend upwards, getting to .500, would be a pretty cool step.”

Especially provided that the Reds have been as many as 19 video games below .500.

“It’s a long season and there’s time to turn things around,” All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett mentioned. “We have another 70-some games left, there’s definitely some time to do some pretty cool stuff.”

Their season will need to have appeared longer nonetheless Friday night time, when the sport didn’t start till 10:05 p.m. EDT, or after many of the different East Coast video games had ended.

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