The Pirates blew one scoring chance after another, then fell apart in the late innings en route to a 6-2 loss to the Reds on a rain-delayed game Tuesday.
The Bucs got a pretty good second start from Jameson Taillon, who pitched six innings and allowed two runs and one walk while striking out four. But Taillon gave up a monster solo homer to Adam Duvall in the second and an RBI single to Eugenio Suarez in the fourth while the Pirates’ offense consistently failed to score against someone named Rookie Davis.
Okay, I know who Rookie Davis is, mostly because he was one of the players included in the deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees prior to the 2016 season. But he has an underwhelming minor-league track record and gave the Pirates frequent opportunities to score. They did against him only once, as Starling Marte stole home on a play in the fourth that was reviewed and upheld.
That trend — of reaching base and then failing to score -- mostly continued against a series of Reds relievers, and in the end, the Pirates finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They also yet again failed to record an extra-base hit, notching only six singles.
The Reds tacked on a run against Juan Nicasio in the seventh and blew the game open in the eighth, as Scooter Gennett (who’s a Red now, in case you missed that line of the transactions page) hit a three-run homer against Trevor Williams, who, incidentally, probably isn’t an ideal pitcher to have involved in games that are still competitive.