The scoring began in the second inning, with Jay Bruce doubling into right field. After Scott Rolen grounded out and moved Bruce to third, Chris Heisey layed down a 2 out bunt and beat it out. Correia made a nice sliding stop, and might have had a play at home. He threw it to first instead, and Heisey beat it out to make it 1-0 Reds. Not much happened in the third, and in the fourth Chris Heisey struck again. He tripled off the left field wall, but missed a home run because of the extra few inches on the section of the wall. With two outs and the number eight batter up, the Pirates decided not to intentionally walk him to face Cueto, and gave up an RBI double to Ryan Hanigan.
Pedro Alvarez got the Bucs on the board in the fourth with a great piece of situational hitting. With runners on the corners and no outs, he took an up and away pitch from Cueto to deep left field for a sac fly, making it 2-1. Brandon Phillips got the run back the next inning with an RBI single, scoring Zack Cozart.
Down 3-1, Correia started the seventh inning by striking out Cueto and then giving up back to back home runs to Cozart and Drew Stubbs. He stayed in the game, and got out of the inning. Garrett Jones had a one out double in the bottom half, but Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas couldn’t drive him in. Jay Bruce tacked on another run with a solo shot in the eighth off of Chris Resop, and Cueto went on pitch a complete game. 6-1 Reds.
– Nate McLouth picked up two hits.
– Rod Barajas left two more runners on base, and still doesn’t have any RBI.
– Jose Tabata got picked off and was caught stealing.
-At least it was Free Shirt Friday…?
Star of the Game: Johnny Cueto. He really shut down the Pirates offense, and got out of the few jams that he was in. He really just pitched a heck of a game, and deserved the win. His final line was 9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 4 K.
Goat of the Game: Kevin Correia. Correia wasn’t too bad for the first 5 or 6 innings, but he made a few bad pitches and the Reds took advantage. 7 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
Pirates (11-15) – Reds (13-12)
Win: Cueto (4-0)
Loss: Correia (1-2)