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Reds Shutout Bucs in Series Opener

Final: Reds 3, Pirates 0

WP: Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94 ERA)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 3.82 ERA)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (24, 1.37 ERA)

The Reds capitalized on two mistakes by Rodriguez, and that was enough as the Pirates’ offense was nonexistent with only one base runner made it to third base.

Chris Heisey hit an inside-the-park homer in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Heisey mashed a hanging curve off the wall that bounced back towards the infield, allowing him to score. He was called safe on a play at the plate. Replays would show that Heisey appeared out at home.

Then, in the sixth inning, pitcher Mat Latos delivered the death-blow, hitting a two-run homer on a first pitch fastball with two outs to extend the Reds’ lead.

It seemed like each time the Pirates got something going, they would squander it, as they hit into three different double plays.

Wandy Rodriguez had a much better start tonight than he had in his debut outing. He went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. It took him just 88 pitches to get through those seven innings and most likely would have been sent out for the eight his spot not come up in the top half.

Andrew McCutchen was 1 for 3. But the big story line was him getting hit with two outs in the ninth inning by Aroldis Chapman with a 101 mph fastball up and in off his shoulder. It was easily the angriest I’ve ever seen him. There could very well be some retaliation Saturday night for that.

Chad Qualls made his Pirates debut pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He got two groundouts and a strikeout of Ryan Ludwick to finish the frame.

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