MLB

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 470
Pittsburgh0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 5132
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  W: W. Crowe (5-7)   L: J. Kuhnel (2-2)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, August 19, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 17,706

After losing Joey Votto, Reds open series in Pittsburgh

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Pirates have a .186 team batting average in their nine games against the Reds this season (52 total hits, 5.8 per game). Cincinnati has outscored Pittsburgh, 41-24, in those nine games, but they lead the season series by only one game (5-4).
  2. The Reds have hit 108 home runs this season, which ranks them 20th in the majors, but a little more than half of those homers (55) were hit by traded players (Brandon Drury 20, Tommy Pham 11, Tyler Naquin 7) or players sidelined by injury for the remainder of the season (Joey Votto 11, Tyler Stephenson 6).
  3. Rookie Graham Ashcraft has thrown 100 or more pitches in each of his last seven starts. (He's 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in those seven games.) The only other MLB rookie to throw 100 or more pitches in more than two consecutive starts this season is Ashcraft's teammate, Hunter Greene, who had a three-start streak in July.
  4. The Pirates' 8-2 victory against the Red Sox yesterday was only their eighth win in 30 games since July 13. Pittsburgh's .267 winning percentage since that date is the second-lowest in the major leagues, ahead of the Tigers (8-24, .250).
  5. Bryan Reynolds has driven in 11 runs in his last four games, including four in Pittsburgh's win over Boston yesterday. Since 2009, the only other player to record as many as 11 RBIs over a four-game span for the Pirates is Josh Bell, who did so twice in 2019.
  6. Left-handed batters are hitting .352 (45 for 128) against Bryse Wilson this season. That's the highest batting average by lefties this year versus any of the 128 major-league pitchers with 100 or more at-bats against them by left-handed hitters.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2022 thru 8/21/2022

The Cincinnati Reds will hit the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday not long after their first baseman, Joey Votto, undergoes season-ending shoulder surgery.

A victory could go a long way toward raising the spirits of their star, who will have a torn left rotator cuff repaired Friday afternoon.

The truth is that Votto has not been productive for some time as his shoulder has deteriorated. He did not play Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, then announced his pending surgery after the game.

Votto ended his season in the midst of a career-worst 0-for-22 slide that dropped his batting average to .205.

"It's a big blow," Reds manager David Bell said. "Obviously we're going to miss him a ton. I have no idea how he was ... trying to play this game with a torn rotator cuff.

"I was lucky enough to talk to the doctors. They were very clear this has to get done in order to get Joey back healthy for next season. As much as we'll miss him now, that's kind of what I'm looking forward to."

The Reds at least got a bit of good news with the Wednesday victory. Left-hander Nick Lodolo held the Phillies scoreless over seven innings, and a ninth-inning RBI single from Jose Barrero gave Cincinnati a walk-off win.

Next up to try to give an inconsistent Reds offense the chance at victory will be rookie right-hander Graham Ashcraft (5-3, 3.96 ERA), who will be facing the Pirates for the first time in his career.

Over his past four outings, Ashcraft has a 2.33 ERA over 27 innings. He took the loss against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, when he gave up four runs (three earned) over 6 1/3 innings. It was his first defeat over his past seven starts.

The Pirates are expected to counter with right-hander Bryse Wilson (2-7, 5.93 ERA), who gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings on Aug. 12 at San Francisco and took the loss in a 5-3 defeat. Since he returned from Triple-A Indianapolis on July 2, Wilson is 2-3 with a 3.82 ERA over seven starts.

In two previous starts against the Reds, including one this season, Wilson is 0-2 with a 2.84 ERA. He gave up just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings in a July 7 defeat to the Reds.

After opening August with three consecutive victories, the Pirates have endured a rough time. However, they ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday as Bryan Reynolds hit two home runs.

Reynolds now has four home runs over the past four games and 20 on the season.

The two on Thursday were the 2,999th and 3,000th regular-season homers in the history of Pittsburgh's PNC Park -- and they came on what would have been the 88th birthday of former Pirates great Roberto Clemente, who finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits.

"That's crazy," Reynolds said on the AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh broadcast. "That's some incredible history I get to be a part of. Just (to be) a little part of it is something special."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2022


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