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Pirates lose ugly one to Reds 13-1

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Bucs end 2021 with a 24-57 road record.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds
Something something Air India.
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Remember how yesterday I gloated about the Phillies’ terrible pitching?

Karma, wily wench that she is, came back to bounce several over the wall against the Pirates, as Connor Overton lasted one—ONE—inning and the bullpen flailed in the Reds’ thorough 11-1 shellacking of the Bucs this afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Here’s how Overton’s sole inning of work went:

  • Jonathan India single
  • Max Schrock double
  • Nick Castellanos sac fly to score India, 1-0 Reds
  • Joey Votto home run, 3-0 Reds
  • Eugenio Suarez single
  • Delino DeShields K just to give Pirates fans false hope
  • Tucker Barnhart single to score Suarez, 4-0 Reds
  • Reiver Sanmartin, the pitcher who had, you know, hardly thrown in the game, struck out because hey, he didn’t have to work.

Cody Ponce came on in relief of Overton, but the Reds’ hitting clinic continued, with Votto going yard again off him, as did Suarez. In fact, the Reds homered off all four Pirates pitchers, including Nick Castellanos’s three-run blast off Kyle Keller and India’s two-run dinger off Shelby Miller. Sanmartin, on the other hand, had a steady if not spectacular Show debut, giving up one run on five hits, with one walk and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. It would be remiss on my part to note that the run he gave up. the only run the Bucs scored, was on a wild pitch that scored Anthony Alford after his double in the fifth. Alford was also the only Pirate to get more than one hit in the game.

The Pirates ended their 2021 roadshow with a 24-57 record. Now it’s home to PNC Park, with the only question being—can they avoid a hundred losses?

I’m sure Rivers Casino has a book open. I’m also sure you’d win big money if you bet yes.