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Pirates Dominate Reds with Stellar Pitching and Timely Hits at PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates improved their season record to 35-37 after a commanding 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, who fell to 34-38. The game, held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, showcased the Pirates' ability to capitalize on their opportunities, out-hitting the Reds 8 to 7 and maintaining a clean sheet with zero errors compared to the Reds' one.


Jun 17, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) takes a lead off of second base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

From the outset, the Pirates took control of the game by scoring three runs in the first inning on three hits. They extended their lead with an additional run in the second inning through two more hits. Despite a solitary error in the third inning that didn't lead to any runs for Cincinnati, Pittsburgh's defense remained solid throughout. The team's pitching staff played a pivotal role in securing this win, highlighted by Paul Skenes earning his fourth win of the season.


The Pirates' bullpen also contributed significantly to stifling any potential comeback from Cincinnati. Aroldis Chapman and Colin Holderman both recorded holds for their efforts in preserving Pittsburgh's lead. David Bednar secured his fifteenth save of the season by closing out Cincinnati efficiently.


Jun 17, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) hits a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

On offense, Pittsburgh demonstrated discipline and power at crucial moments. The team managed eight hits overall and capitalized on scoring opportunities with runners in scoring position (RISP), achieving two hits from seven at-bats (AB) under these circumstances. Their resilience was further evidenced by managing six left on base (LOB) while still pushing four runs across home plate.


Cincinnati struggled against Pittsburgh’s tight defense and effective pitching strategy but managed one run off seven hits throughout nine innings. Carson Spiers was tagged with his first loss of the season after failing to contain Pittsburgh’s hitters effectively.


Jun 17, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz (44) hits a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Looking ahead, fans can catch more action as The Pirates are scheduled for an away game against Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on June 16th at 1:10 PM local time (US/Mountain). This upcoming match will be broadcasted on COLR network for those looking forward to following The Pirates as they aim to build upon this victory.

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