BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: JoHn Minchillo/AP
The Reds fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon, allowing the Pirates to claim the series victory in the final series of the season after they took the first game of the series on Friday, but the Reds took their final win of the season on Saturday.
The game started out with Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton scoring on a throwing error in the first inning, followed by catcher Tim Federowicz getting a two run home run in the second to make it a 3-0 game. However, the Pirates would mount a comeback in the fifth as second baseman Kevin Kramer plated a run on an RBI sacrifice fly and right fielder Jose Osuna crossed home on a wild pitch.
The Reds would make it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the inning as third baseman Blake Trahan took advantage of a throwing error to drive in a run, but the Pirates wiped away the Reds’ advantage on a pair of solo home runs in the sixth courtesy of center fielder Starling Marte and first baseman Josh Bell. The Reds regained the lead in the bottom of the inning as second baseman Dilson Herrera hit a solo homer, but again the Pirates tied it up on an RBI single by shortstop Kevin Newman. Neither team would be able to score for the remainder of regulation, sending the game into extra innings.
It wouldn’t take long for the Pirates to take the win, as left fielder Pablo Reyes scored on a wild pitch in the tenth to end the Pirates’ season on a high note with a 6-5 victory.
Pirates starting pitcher Clay Holmes pitched four innings in the no decision, allowing a pair of earned runs on three hits and four walks. Reds starter Sal Romano went five innings, also allowing two earned runs over three hits and a walk, also in a no decision. Pirates reliever Michael Feliz picked up the win, while Reds reliever Jackson Stephens took the loss. Fellow Reds relievers Matt Wisler and Jared Hughes each were hit with a blown save, while Pirates closer Felipe Vasquez earned the save.
The Reds will head into the offseason and then start Spring Training for the 2019 season against the Cleveland Indians on Feb. 23.