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Pittsburgh out-pointed the Reds’ points.

Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Dixon clubbed his first career big league dinger, and that’s exactly the kind of thing that would’ve had ol’ Nuxy interested in chatting him up post-game.

Congrats, Brandon, and here’s to many more of those.

Key Plays

  • The Pirates got the initial mark on the board in this one, plating a run in the Bottom of the 1st. Josh Harrison singled, Austin Meadows doubled, and a productive groundout by Starling Marte brought Harrison in, and the Reds trailed immediately, 1-0.
  • Cincinnati leveled through Suarez in the Top of the 2nd, however, as the Reds 3B worked a 12 pitch at-bat before crushing a 96 mph meatball for a solo dinger over the CF wall. Game tied, 1-1.
  • Luis Castillo entered play today having allowed an NL-worst 15 dingers. That number climbed to 16 in the Bottom of the 3rd when Colin Moran swatted a solo homer over the wall in CF. Reds trailed, 2-1.
  • Make that 17 dingers allowed...Elias Diaz cranked a Castillo meatball just inside the LF foul pole in the Bottom of the 4th, and the Reds trailed 3-1.
  • Austin Brice took over for Castillo in the Bottom of the 6th and...well, the Reds trailed, 6-1.
  • Dixon’s smash came in the Top of the 9th, but was unfortunately the last gasp from the Reds. Reds lost, 6-2.

Tony Graphanino

Other Notes

  • Luis Castillo’s final line, submitted sans opinion or analysis on this fine, fine Saturday afternoon: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR on 85 pitches.
  • The Reds will attempt to salvage the series with a win on Sunday, and they’ll do so with Anthony DeSclafani on the mound. First pitch is set for 1:35 PM ET.
  • Tunes.