Sunday, August 21, 2011

Game 125 Recap - Reds 5, Pirates 4

Well if you watched this game it was pretty frustrating. The Piates held the lead for almost every second of this game with a couple of big time home runs from Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones but in the end the pen blew another lead as Joel Hanrahan blew his third save of the season, giving up a pair of runs in the ninth inning.

Not really too much to say about this. Both teams had seven hits and both teams got some big home runs as Joey Votto scored a three run home run in the sixth inning to give the Reds their first lead before the Pirates retook the lead in the bottom of the inning from a Jose Tabata triple and a Jones shot.

The Pirates had a chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the ninth inning after a leadoff hit from Ryan Doumit. Clint Hurdle elected for Josh Harrison to run for Doumit with Neil Walker, the hottest Pirates hitter right now, up at the plate. Harrison tries to steal second base and is thrown out. The next pitch Walker doubles into the left center gap and then get stranded to end the game. Just frustrating overall.

What makes the road tougher for the Pirates is that they are going to be without Jose Veras and Hanrahan for the two games against the Brewers tomorrow afternoon/night. Hurdle does not throw relievers four days in a row and today he used Veras and Hanrahan after they have thrown the past two games so both will be unavailable for tomorrow games. Sucks. I do not fault Hurdle for this. You have to do what you have to do in order to win the game today and he did that. Veras was great today and Hanrahan was not. It happens, but he did use the pen in the right way. The only way it could have work out a little better is if he sent out Veras for the ninth inning but it is what it is. I have no problem with that.

Tomorrow starts four games in three days against the Brewers. Should be interesting.

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