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Stop me if you've heard this one before...

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce came into this game on a cold streak. In his past seven games he had hit .150/.150/.350. Hopefully tonight was a step in the right direction as he helped power the Cincinnati offense. Bruce popped a two run opposite field home run in the bottom of the 4th, and it put Cincinnati in the lead...for a time. He also led off the bottom of the 9th with a single.

Honorable Mentions: Alfredo Simon's night was a mixed bag, but it was enough to keep Cincinnati in the lead...for a time (6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3 HR); Steve Delabar recorded three outs without giving up a run; Billy Hamilton was 1-4 with a triple; Tucker Barnhart went 2-4 and scored a run.

Key Plays

  • The Reds got the scoring going early against Juan Nicasio. In the bottom of the first Billy Hamilton tripled. He came home moments later on a Brandon Phillips single (Reds 1 - Pirates 0).
  • Things remained relatively quiet until the 4th inning. Andrew McCutchen led off the top of the inning with a solo shot that tied the game at 1-1. Simon let two other Pirates on base in the inning, but they were unable to score again (Reds 1 - Pirates 1)
  • Brandon Phillips led off the bottom of the 4th, and he was hit on the first pitch from Nicasio. The umpire warned both benches immediately because in the top of the inning Simon had plunked Kang. Jay Bruce was the next batter and he made Pittsburgh pay. He hit an opposite field homer to give the Reds a 3-1 lead.
  • The Pirates tacked on another run with a David Freese solo shot in the top of the 5th (Reds 3 - Pirates 2).
  • The Reds stretch the lead back out in the bottom of the 5th. Tucker Barnhart doubled to lead off the inning, and Alfredo Simon moved him over to third on a sac bunt. Zack Cozart popped out to left, but it was deep enough to get Barnhart home (Reds 4 - Pirates 2).
  • No one scored in the 6th, but things got a little tense. Starling Marte was hit by a pitch, and then he stole second base with Kang batting. After review the stolen base was overturned. Clint Hurdle and Marte were tossed for arguing.
  • In the top of the 7th the Pirates hit their third home run of the game. This time it was Jung Ho Kang with a solo shot to left off of Simon. This was the last hitter that he would face, and Steve Delabar replaced him (Reds 4 - Pirates 3).
  • The Reds were leading the game in the 8th. What could go wrong? Tony Cingrani gave up a solo shot to Josh Harrison. That's four hits for the Pirates tonight. Every hit was a home run up to this point (Reds 4 - Pirates 4).
  • The Reds were tied with the Pirates heading into the 9th. What could go wrong? Ross Ohlendorf gave up a single to Jung Ho Kang, and he got to second on a wild throw from Cozart. Sean Rodriguez moved him over to 3rd on a sac bunt. One batter later Jordy Mercer singled Kang home (Pirates 5 - Reds 4).
  • Ross Ohlendorf was tossed in the 9th when he hit David Freese. Price got the heave-ho as well.
  • The Reds tried to muster up a little 9th inning magic. Jay Bruce led off the inning with a single, and Joey Votto entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a walk. However, the Reds couldn't get the trying run in.

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Other Notes

  • First, some tragic news from earlier in the day. C. Trent Rosecrans tweeted that Billy Hamilton will leave the team for a few days after tonight's game. His three year old nephew passed away on Wednesday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Billy and the Cole family.
  • Six hitters were hit by pitches tonight, two for the Reds and four for the Pirates. The body armor might be in high demand next time these two teams hook up.
  • Jeff Brantley's first car was an Audi. It had no first gear. I don't know what that means, but I'm assuming it's bad?
  • In other baseball news Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals struck out 20 in a game against the Detroit Tigers tonight. That ties a major league record.
  • Tunes.