Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/8/14

The Pirates got off to a poor start to this week’s homestand and made things fairly easy for the visiting Reds tonight, as Cincinnati cruised to a 6-1 victory.

Kevin Correia looked fine early on, but the Reds were able to pick up some timely 2-out RBI hits in the second, fourth, and fifth. It wasn’t Kevin’s best outing, but through six he had a quality start and hadn’t gotten into too much trouble. In the seventh, though, he served up back to back home runs (to Zack Cozart and Drew Stubbs) that really put a damper on his outing and put the game out of reach. Chris Resop allowed a Jay Bruce solo shot in the 8th as well.

Johnny Cueto, meanwhile, was excellent (as he usually is against the Pirates, especially at PNC Park). He wasn’t dominant–the Pirates had seven hits, threatened a couple times, and only had four strikeouts on the night–but he was remarkably efficient and pitched a complete game while making it look easy. Not only has Cueto owned the Bucs – he’s owned everybody so far this year…he’s now 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA.

The only Pirate run came on a Pedro Alvarez sac fly in the fourth. Pedro looked good at the plate again (he also had a sharp single and a deep flyout)…but that was possibly the only positive from an otherwise pretty dismal evening for the Pirates.

Reds 6, Pirates 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 11-15 / Next: Saturday, vs. Reds, 7:05

MVP: Walker (+.087) / LVP: Correia (-.211) / Key play: Phillips’ RBI single in the 5th

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.


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