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The Series Review

As the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates just finished up their Series let’s take a look back on how the series panned out. On Friday morning, the word around town was defiantly on the reds and pirates series this weekend, other than Marty Brennaman new haircut. All over the baseball news was this series and I believe in a way it turned out to be a very good series. Friday nights game flew by, Matt Latos threw the ball very well and did with the bat. But what made this win even better was that the reds were without their best players, Votto and Phillips were both injured and Wandy Rodriguez has just owned Jay Bruce in his career. But the reds still managed to slip on by and get a big "W". However sparks did fly in the 9th inning has Aroldis Chapman drilled Andrew McCutchen in the arm. McCutchen took this personally, Pittsburgh fans will always say that was intentional, but I don’t think so. Chapman in my opinion was just trying to throw inside and try to jam one of the best hitters in the League right now. The reds however would go and win 3-0. Saturday’s game was little bit more interesting when the reds threw Mike Leake vs. James McDonald. The pirates would end up hitting a couple of home runs of Leake but these were cheap home runs as the wind was blowing extremely hard out to left field. Leake would go 6 innings and give up 6 hits and 4 earned runs. McDonald would go 6 innings as well and give up 7 hits and 3 earned runs. Then the reds would call on the nasty boys made up of Marshall, Broxton, and Chapman. Marshall went 1-2-3, and Broxton would as well. But in the bottom of the 8th, Scott Rolen would hit a big triple and then Todd Frazier would score him on infield ground ball. That’s all the reds need to win game 2. However in game 3, the pirates would call on their ace, A.J. Burnett(13-3) and the reds would call Homer Bailey(9-6). The reds would be the first to score as Drew Stubbs scored on a RBI double from Jay Bruce, however the Pirates would strike back with a single from Garret Jones and then a home run from Neil Walker. But Drew Stubbs would come back up in the bottom of the third and hit a solo homer to right field to make that his 13th home run. That would be all the reds would get the rest of the game as A.J. Burnett would take over the game from there. Burnett would end up earning his 14th win and only give up 3 hits in 8.2 innings. Reds would end up taking the series though and are now in first place by 4.5 games. It was a very well played series and I think it was playoff atmosphere at GABP this weekend. It was nice to see two sell outs of the three games. The reds go on the road for 3 in Milwaukee and 4 in Chicago. Tuesday’s pitching match up is Bronson Arroyo(7-6 3.87ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (9-8 3.98ERA).
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