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Cueto can't get to 20, but the Pirates can; Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh 4-3.

Even though Johnny Cueto suffered a no decision and fell short of obtaining his 20th win, the Pirates have clinched their 20th consecutive losing season.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Xavier Paul. PAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWL delivered in the clutch for the Reds in the top of the ninth belting a rally-killing inducing home run that was the catalyst for the Reds' come-from-behind victory. Honorable mentions to go Johnny Cueto who had a yeoman's effort starting the game and Zach Cozart who brought the Reds back into the lead following PAAAWWWWWWWWL's blast.

Supergrover Memorial Red Reporter of the Game Thread

While this normally goes to a commenter, I think special recognition should go to Chris Speier. Speier was (hopefully) managing his final game as Dusty's fill-in and has performed admirably in the Skipper's absence. Speier will be the first to tell you that Dusty is the true leader of this ball club, but Speier's even-keel and levelheadedness was exactly what this club needed during this clinching stretch of games. Cheers, to you, Mr. Interim Manager.

Key Plays

  • While Cueto didn't pitch well enough to get win number 20, he did pitch effectively allowing one earned run in seven innings.
  • The Pirates gained the lead in the fifth inning with an RBI single by Andrew McCutchen.
  • PAAAWWWWWWLL's started the Reds' ninth inning rally with a homerun that was then followed back-to-back doubles by Ryan Ludwick and Zach Cozart. The rally led to Joel Hanrahan's fist blown save in 17 opportunities.
  • Aroldis Chapman made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth by walking Jose Tabata. Tabata was then thrown out attempting to advance to third via a Chapman throwing error. After another walk by Clint Barmes and a single by Rod Barajas, Chapman then decided to shut the door by striking out McKenry and Marte.

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes!

  • With their loss today, the Pirates have clinched a record-breaking 20th straight losing season. Sads.
  • I cannot cook mole sauce on the fly.
  • They have Old Bay flavored potato chips at the new Jungle Jim's!