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Jose Iglesias grand slam, 10-run inning lead Reds past Pirates 11-6

That’s one way to climb up the win column.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Picture, if you will, ol’ Nuxy just dumping buckets of Gatorade all over the place. Heck, he probably even dropped his mic while celebrating with the Reds, given that their entire lineup just erupted on the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jose Iglesias socked a grand slam. Joey Votto had 3 hits, drove in a pair, and coaxed a walk. Jesse Winker had 2 hits and scored twice, Scooty Boots had a pair of hits, and Eugenio Suarez bonked a trio of singles, too.

It was a good night for the Cincinnati Reds offense, even on a day where Sonny Gray didn’t have his best stuff.

Key Plays

  • The Reds scored early and often, but the single best way to describe the early donking of the Pirates can be summed up by this one swing, really:

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Jordan Lyles was originally scheduled to start tonight for the Pirates, but he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers just hours before the game began. Congrats on the team logo upgrade, Jordan.
  • Thanks to the rest of the NL Central being off tonight, the Reds victory moves them to just 6.5 games out of the division lead. One can dream, no?
  • The middle-match of this three game series will feature Tanner Roark on the mound for the Cincinnati Reds, at least assuming he isn’t day-of-scheduled-start traded like Lyles was today. Wednesday is the trade deadline, after all. He’ll be opposed by Pirates starter Joe Musgrove, with first pitch set for 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.