Final: Pirates 5, Reds 4
Wow. That was probably the best game I’ve watched all season.
The Reds started things off in the 2nd with a solo home run by Jay Bruce off Pirates’ starter Kevin Correia. The Pirates would answer back, though in the 4th when Alex Presley and Neil Walker would hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Walker would score on a sacrifice fly by Jones to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.
Correia would quickly relinquish that lead in the 5th, though, when he gave up what would be the first of two Ryan Ludwick home runs.
The Bucs then regained the lead when Jones came up big again with an RBI single to score Presley, who had singled earlier in the inning. But as the game would go back and forth all night, the Reds tied things up right away in the 6th with three straight singles off Correia. Jared Hughes inherited runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs in a tie game, and did a magic act to get the next three outs without allowing anyone to score to preserve the tie.
Jose Tabata then singled to lead off the 7th and was sacrificed over to 2nd by Clint Barmes. But thanks to some idiocy from Brandon Phillips (which is always fun), Tabata ended up sneaking into third base. Michael McKenry hit a sac fly to score Tabata and the Bucs would once again regain a 4-3 lead.
After a 1-2-3 8th by Jason Grilli, Joel Hanrahan came in for the save. The first pitch out of Hanrahan’s hand ended up in the 2nd level in left field courtesy of Ryan Ludwick and the game was tied yet again.
Then, in the top of the 10th, in a situation that people can’t even come up with in dreams, Clint Barmes and Michael McKenry hit back-to-back doubles off Aroldis Chapman, who hadn’t given up an earned run all year and hadn’t given up a hit in 29 outs. Pirates 5, Reds 4.
Chris Resop would come in and hold the Reds scoreless in an inning that was started by a Joey Votto double. And there was nooooo doubt about it.