The Pirates had a prime chance to earn a sweep today over the Reds. The Reds are not a good baseball team but they had Johnny Cueto on the mound and this season Cueto has really had his way with the Pirates. With all that being said the Pirates had a lead early but couldn't hold on late. That kinda sucks. Not the end of the world, or season, but it still sucks.
Josh Harrison took the first pitch he saw from Cueto and went deep and then in the second inning Jordy Mercer went deep to left field and it was 2-0. Sure it was only the second inning but Francisco Liriano looked good getting through the first two innings on 20 pitches which included striking out the side in the first inning.
Liriano broke down a bit in the fifth inning as he gave up a two run bomb to Chris Heisey that was hit so well that Tim Neverette said the game was tied before the ball even left the infield. Heisey was really the only offense on the day for the Reds as he belted another no-doubter in the ninth inning off Jared Hughes. Hughes was working in his second inning of work and really goes to show the lack of depth in the Pirates pen. While it isn't a big deal to use a guy for two innings you would hope that you could keep guys fresh and after a really good eighth inning he gave up a home run on what was a pretty good pitch in the ninth.
At the end of the day the Pirates did win the series against a division opponent and have won six of their last nine games. Would a sweep have been great today? Sure it absolutely would have. The fact is that they won two games out of three and are still only two games back of the division lead as we enter September. Things could be better but they also could be a whole lot worse.