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Reds trounce Pirates to bring NL Wild Card back into a deadlock

Sep 22, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Reds brought the lumber today against Pirates starter Jeff Locke. Locke, an All-Star, entered today’s start with a 5.43 ERA since the break. It didn’t improve.

The Reds tagged Locke for five runs in the top of the first. After the Reds loaded the bases with one out, Jay Bruce laced a bases-clearing double to center. Todd Frazier followed up with a two-run home run to left field. Locke was pulled from the game after the first inning. Against Pirates reliever Jeanmar Gomez in the second, the Reds continued to pile on, scoring twice on Chris Heisey‘s RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Phillips.

Things began to calm down in the middle innings, and the Pirates even scored three runs of their own on a Neil Walker solo home run in the third, and a Travis Snider solo homer and Justin Morneau sacrifice fly in the fifth against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. But the Reds put the game out of reach, scoring three more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth to go up 11-3. Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to wrap up the win.

Billy Hamilton, making his second career Major League start, went 3-for-6 with two stolen bases, making him a perfect 12-for-12 in that department since making his debut on September 3.

With the victory, the two 89-67 teams move into a tie for the Wild Card. With the Nationals losing the first of two games against the Marlins today, their elimination number goes down to two, meaning both the Reds and Pirates could be guaranteed a spot in at least the NL Wild Card match as early as tomorrow.

  1. steelers88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I guess I was wrong about my prediction Nats VS Reds. Pirates magic number is 2. It’s unfortunate that the Pirates might not even get a home playoff game the fans of Pittsburgh deserve it! I don’t know if the Pirates will be good next year though. It worries me that they have just been .500 team in the second half.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM

      I am still waiting for the Steelers to win a game this season. They seem to be on their way to their third loss.

    • NatsLady - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Nats dug themselves too deep a hole in June-July-early August. They may get to 89 or even 90 wins, but that won’t do it this year (it would be worth a WC most years and probably in the AL, but not this year, not with three good teams in the NL Central).

      Still, if there are six games left in your season and you’re not eliminated, and you’ve had the run we’ve had for the last 50+ games, you’ve had more fun than fans of a lot of other teams. This was the team Mike Rizzo built, this was the team Davey Johnson thought he’d be managing–it just didn’t come together until now.

  2. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Clint Hurdle apparently thinks it’s still April and that continually running the Ice Truck Killer out to the mound to work on his issues and get shelled during a playoff race is acceptable. He is a gum-chewing managerial disaster. At least the Pirates got some runs off Christian Bale yesterday.

  3. steelers88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I don’t agree with hurdle starting Jeff Locke today. It feels like the Pirates gave away the game. My favorite part though was Pimental throwing behind Phillips that made my day! He earned points in my book.

  4. baileyelizabeth5 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

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    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Go fist yourself.

  5. chill1184 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    This is going to the wire

  6. steelers88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Why the HELL do you care? Go back to watching hockey! You canadiens don’t know anything about football. Well maybe Canadian football.

  7. steelers88 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Look who’s coming back!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      23 to 40! Not bad but not the win you guaranteed. They made it interesting for a while before they ran out of gas. The only reason I teased you about the Steelers was because you dumped on the Pirates recently. I am sure that we both like Crosby.

  8. cohnjusack - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Reds trounce Pirates to bring NL Wild Card back into a deadlock

    Fortunately, due to the expanded wild card, it doesn’t matter as both teams will face each other in a one game playoff regardless of who ends up with a better record. This makes it all more exciting somehow, I guess.

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  10. steelers88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Yeah I love Sidney Crosby!

    • jm91rs - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Please take just one second to look at the comment section here. There’s a “reply” option below every comment. Use it when you’re replying to a specific comment (go figure). You’re posting a ton lately (I guess with your football team irrelevant you’ve decided to bother us here), please do it right so that it’s less annoying for us.

      • bravojawja - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        There’s a “reply” option below every comment.

        Not on the app, there isn’t. The app is crap, yo.

  11. steelers88 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    This is what bad drafting gets you most of the picks on the o-line and d-line are busts! That’s what caused the 20 straight years of losing for the Pirates BAD drafting! Steelers might be bad for a while.

    • drone501 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      colbert should have to answer for this

  12. sportsfan69 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Go Cincinnati Reds! Nobody wants to face their starting pitching, especially if Cueto is back in the rotation. Now Ludwick that is back to normal, the Reds are the team to beat.

  13. sportsfan69 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Don’t forget the roadrunner Hamilton. It should be fun.

    • t0mce - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Yes, Hamilton is fast. But you’re conveniently forgetting one thing: His speed guarantees nothing, because with a better throw by Yadier Molina, Hamilton is OUT on his very first steal attempt.

      • georgiared - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:55 AM

        & with a worst throw he’s STANDING ON THIRD BASE(see, others can randomly capitalize words as well)

  14. t0mce - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    As long as the Pirates win at least two out of three in Cincinnati next weekend, then it will not matter if it is tied or not, because the Pirates will then have the tiebreaker over the Reds. GO, BUCS!

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