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Monday, May 1, 2017

Billy Hamilton Clutch Double Made Reds A Winner

Billy Hamilton’s double with two out in the 10th inning allowed Arismendy Alcantara to score the winning run in a 4-3 Reds win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tucker Barnhart walked and was replaced by Alcantara on the base path.  Daniel Hudson’s wild pickoff throw put the pinch runner on secondbase.  Hamilton laced a 2-1 pitch to rightfield to end the game.

 “It was big for me when it got to two strikes," Hamilton said. "I didn’t want to strike out in that situation. It was big for Arismendy to get to second base.”

Rookie Amir Garrett recovered from the shell shock last week in Milwaukee that charged him with 10 runs in 3 1/3 innings.

“You learn a lot about young pitchers after they’ve been kicked in the teeth," Bryan Price said. "It’s a difference maker how they respond to adversity.”

The Reds shed a four-game losing streak on Sunday in St. Louis and kept momentum by beating the Pirates for the fourth time in four tries.

“It is important for everyone. It’s important for veterans to see improvement from the younger players and its important for the younger players to see Joey or Cozy grind it out.  It is a beat down with 162-games,” Price said.

All-Star Andrew McCutchen homered in the first inning but Garrett navigated the next six innings tarnished only by another solo home run from UC/Princeton HS grad, Josh Harrison.

The Reds put some mild threats together against Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, singles by Billy Hamilton, Scott Schebler, Jose Peraza and Tucker Barnhart went to waste.

The suddenly hot Adam Duvall, who had four hits on Sunday drilled a three-run home run off Cole in the sixth.  Duvall’s eighth of the season followed an error by Phill Gosselin that allowed Hamilton to reach base and a walk to Joey Votto.

From there the game was put in the hands of the bullpen’s.Juan Nicasio replaced Cole.

Drew Storen, who entered on a stretch of seven scoreless appearances, followed Garrett, who pitched seven innings, allowing just the two hits, walking three and hitting a batter.  He struck out four.

“It was a good bounce back game for me," Garrett said. "Everything was up last game and I didn’t know why. I just went about my routine. I didn’t work on anything.  I just had a good bullpen between starts.”

Harrison’s second home run of the game tied the game one out into the eighth.  His fourth of the season produced his first career multi-home run game. The blow cast Garrett a notch in the win column.

"You like to see the starter get credit for the win but it doesn't matter who gets credit," Price said. "It would have been worse if he pitched that well and we lost the game."

Michael Lorenzen struck out three in two scoreless innings to get the win.

 Bryan Price

Billy Hamilton

Amir Garrett

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