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Friday, September 16, 2016

Pirates Take First Of Four In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored three runs in the 10th inning to defeat the Reds 9-7..

Tony Cingrani walked Jung Ho Kang to start the 10th.  Infield hits by Sean Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli loaded the bases.  Cervelli beat out a bunt in a sacrifice situation.  The call stood up under review.  Jodry Mercer singled to score pinch runner Pedro Florimon.

"You can't walk the leadoff man. It's basically a nothing-nothing game. You have to come in throwing strikes. Tony has had a terrific year but that's been his nemesis lately," .Bryan Price said.

Pinch hitter Jason Rogers hit a ground ball to short.  Jose Perazza got the force at home and Ramon Cabrera's throw appeared to beat Rogers for a double play.  The second review of the inning went against the Reds.  Reds' manager Bryan Price argued that Rodriguez' slide interfered with Cabrera's throw.  He was ejected when umpires ruled the interference did not occur.  David Freese singled to center to score two more runs.

 "We had video evidence that not only did he change direction with a clear path to the plate, he stuck out his leg and interfered with the throw," Price said.

'I double clutched," Cabrera said. "He hit my foot and I didn't want to throw it away. It wasn't muck but I had to make sure the throw was there

The Reds and Pirates traded two-run home runs int he first three innings.

Pittsburgh scored three times on Reds' starter Robert Stephenson in the first inning.  A run scoring double by Andrew McCutchen scored rookie Josh Bell.  Gregory Polanco's 22nd home run accounted for the other two runs.

Joey Votto singled with two outs against Pirates' veteran starter Ryan Vogelsong.  Adam Duvall doubled and Brandon Phillips singled to get one run back.  Cabrera lined his sixth home run into the rightfield seats following a walk to Eugenio Suarez.

Stephenson didn't give up another hit until the fifth inning.  John Jaso doubled with one out.  Bell singled hard to right as Jaso went to third.  McCutchen walked to load the bases.  Polanco popped to Perazza at shortstop. Stephenson was in position to get out of the inning but he hit Jung Ho Kang with a pitch to force in Jaso. It was the 20th time this season a Reds' pitcher hit a Pirate batter and the second time Kang was hit in the game. Sean Rodriguez struck out to end the threat.

"Stephenson needs to improve his command if he is going to be the pitcher we think he can be,. Price said."

The Reds tied it in the bottom of the fifth. Perazza singled. Steve Selsky getting a start in rightfield sacrificed Perazza to second.  Votto's second hit scored Perazza. Brandon Phillips reached on an error when Vogelsong drooped the underhand feed from Jaso on a ground ball to first.

Lefthander Zach Phillips relieved Vogelsong.  Schebler hit a line drive to center that somehow got past McCutchen for a triple.  McCutchen took a strange route to the ball as if he lost it in the lights.

Jumbo Diaz took over for Stephenson to start the sixth inning.  Wandy Peralta entered after a two-out double by Alen Hansen but Peralta got out of the inning.

Blake Wood gave up a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6 in the seventh.  It was the 236th home run allowed by Reds' pitchers which tied the 2004 team record.  It was the 93rd allowed by the bullpen that exceeded the old Major League record that was 1964 Kansas City Athletics set.

 "You have to do special things to get special numbers," Price said. "Unfortunately it is one we're not proud of. It's not the ballpark either. We're not using that excuse. We had a lot of players here early that weren't ready to pitch at this level because of injuries. We have to get better or find guys who can pitch at this level."

Selsky hit his first Major League home run off Tony Watson, leading off the bottom of the10th.

"I hit it good enough. I guess a lot of people dream of their first Major League home run. I got the ball . My wife and her parents just made it here to see it.," Selsky said.

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