Final: Reds 3, Pirates 0
WP: Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94 ERA)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 3.82 ERA)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (24, 1.37 ERA)
The Reds capitalized on two mistakes by Rodriguez, and that was enough as the Pirates’ offense was nonexistent with only one base runner made it to third base.
Chris Heisey hit an inside-the-park homer in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Heisey mashed a hanging curve off the wall that bounced back towards the infield, allowing him to score. He was called safe on a play at the plate. Replays would show that Heisey appeared out at home.
Then, in the sixth inning, pitcher Mat Latos delivered the death-blow, hitting a two-run homer on a first pitch fastball with two outs to extend the Reds’ lead.
It seemed like each time the Pirates got something going, they would squander it, as they hit into three different double plays.
Wandy Rodriguez had a much better start tonight than he had in his debut outing. He went seven innings, giving up three runs o...