After a torrential downpour delayed tonight’s start by two hours, the Pirates and Reds finally got going around 9PM. Charlie Morton retired the Reds 1-2-3 in the first, and the Bucs had runners on the corners after Andrew McCutchen tripled and Pedro Alvarez walked. Neil Walker grounded out to end the threat, and Morton started falling apart in the second. Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier both hit RBI doubles to make it 2-0, and then the scoring continued in the fourth. Frazier tripled into the North Side Notch, and Josh Harrison‘s relay throw sailed into the stands above the dugout, giving Frazier a ‘Little League Home Run’ and making it 4-0.
The only run Homer Bailey gave up was in the fifth on a Casey McGehee pinch-hit RBI single. Doug Slaten pitched a scoreless inning, Chris Resop gave up a run, and then Jared Hughes gave up three. Brad Lincoln and Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and ninth respectively, keeping the Reds at 8 runs. Bailey continued to shut down the Pirates’ lineup, going the distance for the complete game. He’s now 6-0 in his career versus the Pirates, and 4-0 at PNC Park.
Morton’s final line: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 K, 1 BB
Pirates (24-25) – Reds (28-21)
Win: Bailey (4-3)
Loss: Morton (2-6)