Final: Reds 5, Pirates 4
In the 8th inning, the Pirates finally broke through, but it was too little, too late. Neil Walker picked up a 2-out, RBI single to score Rod Barajas and Andrew McCutchen followed that with a 3-run home run. Unfortunately, they could not push in another run because Aroldis Chapman was just lights out in the 9th inning to shut the door.
Doug Slaten pitched three scoreless innings of relief to help keep the Pirates in the ball game. Amazingly, he has not given up an earned run since his first outing of the year for AAA-Indianapolis way back on April 7th.
Pedro Alvarez had a pinch-hit single in the 8th inning to contribute to the Pirates’ rally. He was 0 for his previous 18 at-bats. My guess is that he will be back in the lineup tomorrow after a few days off.