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Cincinnati Reds Drop Opener to Pittsburgh Pirates; Next Two are Must Win for Home Field

September 28th, 2013 at 11:30 AM
By Cody Dalga

In a series in which the Cincinnati Reds needed to take at least two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds got off to a less than stellar start after a 4-1 loss Friday night.

Cincinnati managed just six hits on the night. The only real offense came from a Todd Frazier solo home run in the fourth inning. It was Frazier's 19th home run of the year 

"We had a couple of threats there. They were followed by double plays," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We might have gotten a little over anxious."

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett continue his string of good performances against the Reds with an eight inning outing giving up five hits and striking out six. He struck out 12 in his last outing against Cincinnati.

"You see the man go out there and not just compete, but pretty much dominate, through eight innings," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, "and it sparks everybody. That's what we're looking for."

Pittsburgh plated four runs off of Reds starter Homer Bailey. He lasted just five innings giving up four earned runs on four hits. Alfredo Simon pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Logan Ondrusek and J.J. Hoover also pitched scoreless innings. 
One positive on the night was Joey Votto's two hits. Those hits allowed Votto to reach base for the 311th and 312th time this season, which breaks Pete Rose's club record which was set all the way back in 1969. 
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have a quick turnaround as they face off again at 1:05 ET Saturday afternoon. Bronson Arroyo will be looking for his 15th win. 

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Tags: Alfredo Simon, Baseball, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Dusty Baker, homer bailey, J.J. Hoover, Joey Votto, Logan Ondrusek, MLB, todd frazier

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