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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pirates Sweep Reds Walk Away With Two Games

The second game of the double header was as bad as the first game's 10-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

Brandon Finnegan, like Anthony DeSclafani in the first game, put the the Reds in a four-run hole and Pittsburgh held on to a 7-3 win.  The Reds have been mathematically eliminated from the post season.y

Finnegan gave up three singles that loaded the bases with one out in the second inning. Eric Fryer hit a sacrifice fly to get the scoring started.  Finnegan then walked opposing pitcher Trevor in his first Major League plate appearance.  Jody Mercer's fly to right was dropped by Scott Schebler and a run scored.  With two outs,

It got worse for Finnegan, who lasted 2 1/3 innings.  Josh Bell, Adam Frazier and Fryer singled to load the bases with one out.  Finnegan walked Williams again to force home a run and give Williams his first Major League RBI.

Brayan Price had seen enough and turned to Josh Smith to get out of the inning.

"We've given up a lot of runs in this series," Price said.  "In large part it's because we're not throwing the ball over the plate. Walks started and extended rallies."

Smith served up Sean Rodriguez' 16th home run or the season and second of the day.

Williams retired the first nine Reds' batters but hot hitting Jose Perazza singled to right to break the spell.  Williams ended up facing the minimum through four when Tony Renda hit into a double play and Joey Votto grounded out.

Schebler atoned for his error with his eighth home run leading off the fifth.  Ramon Cabrera hit his third home run as the next batter, the sixth set of back-to-back home runs for the Reds this season. Cabrera homered in his last at bat on Friday night.

"The Pirates kept adding on," Price said. "The three-run inning was big but didn't get us back in the game."

Steve Selsky and Tyler Holt knocked Williams out of the box with back-to-back singles and there were still no outs when Juan Nicasio took over for Williams. NIcasio got Ivan De Jesus Jr. to hit into a double play as Selsky scored.

The Reds had the bases loaded in the seventh inning but Felipe Riverio struck out De Jesus Jr. and Eugenio Suarez.

Matt Magill pitched an inning to become the Reds' 32nd pitcher used this season.  The Reds walked a record 19 batters in the double header.

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