Another game, another loss. The 5-3 loss to the Reds marks the Bucs fifth loss in a row, and sets them up to be swept for the second straight series.
Things looked promising when Alex Presley made it 1-0 with a solo home run in the first. But just as quickly as the Bucs took the lead, Kevin Correia surrendered it back by giving up a home run to Brandon Phillips on the first pitch he threw.
Correia gave up three more runs in the second, making it 4-1. The Pirates had a few chances to get some more runs off of Mike Leake, including Clint Barmes‘ leadoff double in the first. But Correia popped up a bunt attempt and Brock Holt was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. KC went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Not a bad start, but it just wasn’t enough.
In the seventh, it looked like the Bucs could rally back. After a leadoff walk, Michael McKenry singled. Jeff Clement grounded into a DP, erasing one runner. Of course, Gaby Sanchez homered next to make it 4-3 instead of tying the game. It didn’t matter, though, as Scott Rolen got an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth. Jonathan Broxton came in for the ninth, and got the save to hand the Pirates their fifth straight loss.
It’s not lookin’ too good right now.
Pirates (72-69) – Reds (86-57)
Win: Leake (8-9)
Loss: Correia (10-9)
Save: Broxton (24)