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Reds blow three leads, still beat Pirates 6-5

The win ends Cincinnati's six game losing streak.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

A quick look at the Red Reporter archives reveals that only a select few players have been the JNMHSotG in their MLB debut. Today, Tim Adleman joined that exclusive list. Adleman was scheduled to pitch for Louisville on Saturday, but got the call to the big league club this weekend. As C. Trent Rosecrans noted, Adleman was the "third Reds starter to make his big-league debut in the first 25 games of the 2016 season." He did not disappoint.

In six innings of work Adleman produced a line of 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, and 6 SO. Through his first four innings he only allowed one hit and one walk. The Pirates weren't able to get anything going until Gregory Polanco homered to lead off the bottom of the 5th. Adleman exited the game in the 7th with the Reds still leading 3-1. The Reds would give up the lead, taking the win away from Adleman, but it shouldn't diminish his solid effort. During a season when quality starting pitcher performances could be less routine, Adleman was deserving of the praise today.

Honorable Mention: Scott Schebler drove home the go ahead run in the 9th and 11th; Jay Bruce contributed a double, 2 RBI, and a walk; Blake Wood pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen; Eugenio Suarez tripled to lead off the 11th.

Key Plays

  • The Reds threatened in the first when Billy Hamilton doubled and then stole third. However, Joey Votto struck out and Brandon Phillips popped out to end the inning.
  • Nothing else of note happened the first four innings. Part of the reason for that was the performance of Tim Adleman. More like, where's this guy Adle-been? Sorry.
  • The Pirates finally broke the 0-0 tie when Gregory Polanco led off the bottom of the 5th with a homer (drink). Actually don't drink after the Reds give up home runs this season. That could be very expensive and lead to poor decisions (Pirates 1 - Reds 0).
  • The Reds finally got on the board in the top of the 6th. Tucker Barnhart led off the inning with a double. Following a Tim Adleman strikeout, Zack Cozart walked. Billy Hamilton then lined a ball into left field, but Startling Marte made the force out at third. With two on and two out Joey Votto singled to drive home Cozart. Votto wasn't done there, and he promptly stole second. With first base open, Jeff Locke intentionally walked Brandon Phillips. Jay Bruce then hit a bases loaded double to scored Hamilton and Votto. Phillips was thrown out at the plate on the play (Reds 3 - Pirates 1).
  • The Pirates struck back in the seventh. Starling Marte led off the inning with a single. That was the end of Adleman's day, and the Reds gave the ball to Tony Cingrani. He struck out Gregory Polanco (good), but gave up a triple to Sean Rodriguez (bad). Obviously, Starling Marte scored on that hit. Jordy Mercer then drew a walk, and the Reds gave the ball to Caleb Cotham. He got Chris Stewart to pop out, but Matt Joyce followed with an RBI single. By the end of the inning it was all tied up (Reds 3 - Pirates 3).
  • The Pirates replaced Jeff Locke with Jared Hughes to start the 8th. Zack Cozart reached on an error by Gregory Polanco. Unfortunately, Cozart appeared to injure his leg on the play, and Tyler Holt came in as a pinch runner. Billy Hamilton then used a sacrifice bunt to get Holt over to third. An intentional walk to Votto gave the Reds runners on the corners with one out. Brandon Phillips popped out, and it was all up to Jay Bruce. During the at-bat Votto tried a delayed steal, but he got caught in a rundown. Holt broke for home and the Pirates had him out by a mile, but Chris Stewart dropped the ball (Reds 4 - Pirates 3)!
  • The Reds had a late game lead which could only mean one thing. They couldn't hold it. McCutchen singled to lead off the 8th. After a Josh Harrison ground out, Starling Marte singled home McCutchen. "This bullpen is simply brutal" - Marty Brenneman. Cotham intentionally walked Polanco, and then Ross Ohlendorf made his way into the game. He gave up no runs (Reds 4 - Pirates 4).
  • For the third time the Reds offense was able to give Cincinnati the lead in this game. Adam Duvall led off the top of the 9th with a single. Tucker Barnhart struck out, but Scott Schebler doubled into left field scoring Duvall. The Reds had the lead yet again (Reds 5 - Pirates 4).
  • With two outs in the 9th John Jaso homered. Ignore my earlier advice about not drinking... (Reds 5 - Pirates 5).
  • With Blake Wood pitching, Josh Harrison singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th. Harrison then stole second, and Wood intentionally walked Polanco.
  • Eugenio Suarez led off the 11th with a triple, and was eventually driven home on a Scott Schebler double (Reds 6 - Pirates 5).

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Other Notes

  • Adam Duvall had a nasty collision with the outfield wall in the bottom of the 7th, but he was able to stay in the game. Zack Cozart was removed for an apparent leg injury in the 8th.
  • According to C. Trent Rosecrans this was the 19th straight game in which the Reds bullpen allowed a run.
  • Earlier today the Reds announced that Raisel Iglesias is heading to the 15-day DL with "right shoulder impingement." Derek Grimes wrote up the details here.
  • In the same post you can also read about Homer Bailey's minor setback. Tim Lincecum still hasn't signed with anyone right?
  • Tomorrow night the Reds are back at Great American Ball Park to take on the San Francisco Giants. Our old pal Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the visiting team. Brandon Finnegan will be up for the Reds. Game time is set for 7:10PM.
  • Tunes.