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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Josh Harrison Haunts Hometown Team

Princeton High School and University of Cincinnati grad haunted his hometown team with his third home run in two nights.  This one a three-run sixth inning home run that expanded the Pittsburgh Pirates lead in an 12-3 highjack win.

The first three Reds’ batters scored on a three-run home run by Joey Votto off Pirates’ starter Tyler Glasnow.  Billy Hamilton opened the game with a rare walk.  Hamilton stole second and third while Glasnow walked Zack Cozart.  Votto unloaded on an 0-1 pitch.

Scott Feldman retired the first six Pittsburgh batters before Alen Hanson tripled to open the third inning. Jordy Mercer doubled to put the Pirates on the board.

The Pirates commandeered the game in the fourth. Andrew McCutchen walked and raced to third on John Jaso’s double.  McCutchen scored on Jose Osuna’s fielder’s choice that cut down Jaso at third.  With two out Hanson singled and stole second. Murcer was passed on to first intentionally. Glasnow singled through the box for his first hit of the season.  Harrison, who hit two home runs on Monday connected again for his fifth of the season giving the Bucs a 7-3 lead.

"The first two at bats I made pitches on him (Harrison) but he is seeing the ball well," Feldman said.  "The home run pitch was up in his eyes. I'm stilled puzzled by that one."

Glasnow settled in throwing six innings, allowing just the three runs on four hits to earn his first big league win.

"We weren't able to come up with that second blow," Bryan Price said of leaving two on in the first inning with a chance to knock the rookie out of the game.  "He cam right back and struck out the side in the second inning."

Feldman was finished.  Robert Stephenson fought off the Pirates for two scoreless innings. He got the first two batters out in the seventh and never got the third. Jaso hit his second double. Osuna walked. Rookie catcher Elias Diaz hit a slow roller to short. Cozart fielded it cleanly but had no play.

"Ten of their 12 runs came with two out," Price said. "It was good hitting on their part and poor pitching on our part.  It was a poorly pitched game tonight. We are better than that and need to pitch better."

 That opened the floodgates. Hanson singled past Cozart for two runs. Blake Wood took over. A wild pitch, a passed ball by catcher Stuart Turner and walks to Mercer loaded the bases while two runs crossed the plate.  Wood walked Glassnow, who was given credit for his third RBI of the game.

"I have to pitch better. I have to stick around longer," Feldman said.


The Reds left two on base in the first inning and seventh inning, wasted a two-out triple by Arismendy Alcantara and single base runners in the third and sixth.

It was the Pirates first win over the Reds in five tries.

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