By: Zane Miller
Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire
The Reds lost their second game of their three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in 12 innings on Wednesday night.
“That was a great ballgame, a great effort by everybody involved,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Unfortunately, we have to say that in a losing cause.”
The game started out with the Pirates scoring in the first inning on a two run shot from catcher Francisco Cervelli, where the lead remained until the Pirates added to it in the fifth with an RBI single by left fielder Corey Dickerson. In the sixth, Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl got in on the action as well with an RBI single to make it a 4-0 game.
However, the Reds responded in the bottom of the inning as second baseman and best offensive player for the Reds this season Scooter Gennett hit a solo homer, followed by a big eighth inning in which Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez hit an RBI sacrifice fly, pinch hitter Alex Blandino cut the lead in half with an RBI single and shortstop Jose Peraza got an RBI single to tie the game up. With nobody scoring in the ninth, the game was sent into extra innings.
With neither team scoring in either the tenth or eleventh innings, the Pirates had the go-ahead run across as second baseman Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple, but the Reds were unable to respond in the bottom of the 12th as the Pirates took it 5-4.
Kuhl went six innings, allowing one earned run over six innings on five hits and one walk, taking the no decision. Reds starter Homer Bailey went five innings allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and three walks, also getting a no decision. Pirates reliever Steven Brault took the win, while Reds reliever Dylan Floro was hit with the loss.
The teams will finish out the series on Thursday afternoon.