MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 472
Pittsburgh0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 590
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  W: C. Stratton (6-1)   L: M. Givens (3-3)
3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT, September 15, 2021
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 9,320

Reds seek to avoid wasting chance to beat Pirates

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Reds have won nine of 10 against the Pirates this season, five of which have been won by seven or more runs. Cincinnati's +56 run differential against the Bucs currently ranks third in the all-time series history between these two clubs -- the Reds outscored the Pirates by 86 runs in 1890 and by 64 runs in 1955.
  2. The Reds have dropped two of three in all seven series they've played since sweeping a four-game set against the Marlins from August 19-22. It's Cincinnati's longest series losing streak since dropping eight straight from May 1-28, 2007.
  3. The Pirates have won four out of their last six games, all at home. On Saturday, they scored 10 runs - the sixth time this season that Pittsburgh has scored 10+ runs in a game. Five of the six have been at home.
  4. Tyler Naquin hit .218 in July before batting .386 in August, but is now hitting .217 in eight September games. He is only batting just 6-for-29 (.207) against the Pirates this season, but four of his six hits have been home runs.
  5. Yoshi Tsutsugo is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with five runs scored in his last six games, also adding seven walks in that span. He had just seven walks in his previous 29 games.
  6. Wade Miley is 2-0 this season against the Pirates and has not allowed a run in 13 innings. That's tied for the sixth-longest active scoreless streak against Pittsburgh -- St. Louis' Adam Wainwright leads with 26.0 straight scoreless frames.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/14/2021 thru 9/16/2021

The Cincinnati Reds, clawing for a National League wild-card spot, looked to have a schedule advantage with nine games against the Pittsburgh Pirates down the final stretch.

Going into the second game of a series Wednesday in Pittsburgh, that advantage doesn't look so big now.

The Reds (75-70) had beaten the Pirates (53-91) five straight games and in nine of their first 10 meetings this season before Tuesday. Then they spotted Pittsburgh a six-run lead before a comeback against the Pirates bullpen fell short in a 6-5 loss.

Cincinnati has lost three straight and eight of 12 this month. It would appear the Reds are not only in danger of missing the playoffs, but also perhaps of falling under .500.

It doesn't help that with Tuesday's loss they dropped to 1-26 when trailing by three or more runs after five innings, according to AT&T Sportsnet.

Cincinnati manager David Bell remains buoyed by the fact that his club has a large say in where it finishes.

"We have our challenges, our work cut out for us. But this is what you dream of. This is what you want, to be in this position. You would take this every time," Bell said. "The idea is to win a championship, and there are steps along the way that you have to get. We're in position to do that. We never expect(ed) or asked for it to be easy."

The Pirates received a blow Tuesday when reliever David Bednar was placed on the 10-day IL because of a right oblique injury. Bednar (3-1, 2.18 ERA, three saves), in his first season with Pittsburgh, seemed to thrive in high-leverage situations and is a strong candidate to become the team's closer.

On Wednesday, Reds right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (9-6, 4.05 ERA) is scheduled to start against Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (4-11, 6.29).

Gutierrez leads National League rookies with nine wins and is in the top 10 in ERA, strikeouts, starts, innings pitched, opponent batting average (.248) and WHIP (1.30) even though he did not get promoted to the major leagues until May 28.

His last time out, last Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, he did not get a decision after allowing one run and two hits in five innings, with six strikeouts and two walks.

In his only start against Pittsburgh, Aug. 7, Gutierrez picked up the win when he gave up one run and six hits in six innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.

Keller, who will be making his 20th start, is running short of opportunities to prove he is a reliable part of the Pirates' future. Since a stint with Triple-A Indianapolis, he is 1-4 with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts.

Last Wednesday, he got the loss against Detroit, giving up four runs and 10 hits in five innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.

"In some situations, I thought I made pretty good pitches and balls found holes and just didn't go my way," Keller said. "But, looking back, I told (catcher Jacob) Stallings after I got taken out, 'I don't think I'd change anything that we did.' We executed our game plan, and things just didn't go our way."

Keller is 0-3 with an 8.86 ERA in five career starts against Cincinnati, including losses in both starts he made against the Reds this year.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 15, 2021

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