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Tyler Glasnow turns it around, Pirates crush Reds, 12-3

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I was going to give you a Tyler Glasnow Take.

I tire of his every start being a referendum, but that's where we are right now. It's early, but not that early, and Glasnow almost dragged me into joining those calling for him to be sent to the minors. He came out Tuesday night and walked three guys in the first inning, including Billy Hamilton, who, for all his exploits against the Pirates, doesn't suddenly have a discerning batting eye. He gave up a three-run homer to Joey Votto. He chewed through pitches, again. I mean, he even wore the wrong hat.

For all Glasnow's issues, he snapped out of it before I could even complain too much, mowing the Reds down for the next five innings as the Pirates' skeleton-crew offense piled on Cincinnati pitching for a 12-3 Pittsburgh win.

Pitching to Elias Diaz with Francisco Cervelli still hurt, Glasnow struck out five against four walks (just one after the first inning) and allowed four hits (two after the first). He settled down to go six innings for easily his best big-league start and, if you're into those things, his first win in the majors.

The Pirates lineup, minus the usual absences these days, but also Gregory Polanco on an off day, had John Jaso in the cleanup spot.

Not to worry. Down in the early 3-0 hole, the Pirates tagged Scott Feldman and Robert Stephenson, posting six runs in the fourth and five in the seventh, and every starter but one (Josh Bell, oddly) got on base in a 10-hit, eight-walk performance.

Alen Hanson -- people were a little upset he was in over Gift Ngoepe, but I'm glad Hanson isn't getting buried on the bench yet -- tripled and Jordy Mercer doubled him home to get the Bucs on the board in the third.

The Pirates already had scored one in the fourth when they loaded the bases for Glasnow, who hit a bases-loaded, two-run single back up the middle to put the Pirates ahead. Josh Harrison (he's from Cincinnati, you know) then whacked a three-run homer to left-center. Suddenly Glasnow was rolling with a 7-3 lead.

The Bucs added on in the seventh thanks to four walks, including a bases-loaded pass to Glasnow, a wild pitch, a passed ball and cleanup man Jaso's second double of the night. Ngoepe came in and collected a two-run single in the middle of all that, for good measure.

Osuna also got a double, in the fifth. Harrison and Glasnow (!!!) had three RBIs apiece.