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The first-place Reds (84-57) conclude a 9-game homestand as they welcome the Pittsburgh Pirates (72-67) to town for a 3-game series beginning Monday night.
Clint Hurdle's bunch is fighting for their playoff lives as they continue to drift farther and farther away from the top of the standings. They enter the series losers of seven of their last nine games and currently sit a full 11 games off the pace for first, but just two games behind in the NL Wild Card. They aim to pick up a couple of victories in Cincy to help keep their postseason dreams alive.
The Reds on the other hand, continue to inch closer to clinching their second division crown in the past three seasons. A series win over the third-place Pirates would certainly help that cause.
Here are 10 facts about the weekday series vs the Buccos:
1. All games are slated to begin at approximately 7:10pm ET.
2. Here are the pitching probables:
Mon - CIN Mat Latos (12-4, 3.69) vs PIT Wandy Rodriguez (10-1...
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has accused an unidentified Pittsburgh Pirates player of making racist comments towards him during a game Monday.
I want to be on record before the final couple of the weeks of the season play out: Neal Huntington should be fired. I hope this team doesn’t lose a game the rest of the season. I hope that the Buccos sweep through the playoffs and win the World Series in four games. I hope that, after winning it all in 2012, the Pirates go on a nearly generation long streak of victorious seasons...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-hander Chad Qualls from the disabled list. The move now gives the Pirates ten relievers in the bullpen, not counting Joel Hanrahan. Qualls made a rehab appearance for Indianapolis on September 3rd, striking out the side. Since then he’s been throwing side sessions and sim games.
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Reds skipper Dusty Baker talks about the team's 5-1 victory over the Astros on Saturday. His club now has a 9.5 game division lead, which is the largest cushion for any first place team in baseball at the moment. Cincinnati's magic number currently sits at 14.
Monday's Reds game went 14 innings and lasted over five hours. Though their game took about half the time, the Blaze players probably felt like their game was just as long as they got whooped by the Nuts 12-1 in the third game of the best-of-five series. Modesto was in survival mode and did have the advantage of throwing Major League pitcher Jorge De La Rosa on the mound...
The Spikes didn’t have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season.
The Reds dodge some extra-inning bullets and won a fourteen-inning thriller by a score of 3-2 over the Pirates last night at Great American Ball Park. Ryan Ludwick ended the game with a walk-off infield single. It was the fourth consecutive game that manager Dusty Baker gave the start in center field to Chris Heisey over the slumping Drew Stubbs. Heisey homered and his now hitting .287.
This came to my attention this morning after reading a piece on Getting Blanked by Dustin Parkes, where he noted that Brandon Phillips of the Reds accused a mystery Pirate of racism during Monday's game between the two teams. After the game, Phillips tweeted this out:
#RealTalk... Not really surprised by what I heard come outta another player's mouth tonite but DAMN...
Ryan Ludwick drove in the winning run with a two-out infield single in the 14th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a marathon 4-3 victory Monday night that handed the fading Pittsburgh Pirates their fourth straight loss.
Rick VandenHurk (0-1), who was called up before the game, started the 14th and gave up a single by Devin Mesoraco. Brandon Phillips reached when the Pirates...
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Theo Bowe went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
Devin Lohman went 1-3 with a walk and solo HR.
Travis Mattair went 2-4 with a solo HR.
Ryan Wright went 1-3 with a run.
Chris Berset went 1-2 with an RBI and a run.
Josh Smith allowed 3 earned (4 total) in 6 innings...