Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 4-2 Sunday and completed the three-game sweep of the Redlegs to end the regular season, the postseason showdown between the two had already been set.
The loss also ended the season on a five-game losing streak for the Reds, matching a season high.
"It's all in the past right now and we're looking ahead," catcher Ryan Hanigan said after the loss.
The Reds fell behind early Sunday and never had an opportunity for a comeback. The Pirates scored off of a single in the first and an inside-the-park home run in the second.
After scoring another run in the fourth and eighth innings, the Reds finally got on the scoreboard with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the eighth inning. Derrick Robinson led off the inning with a single and Cesar Izturiz followed with a ground-rule double to put runners on second and third. Corky Miller drove the first pitch he saw into left field for a two-run double to cut the lead to 4-2.
The Reds offense collected just six hits on the afternoon.
"Today we hit some balls on the nose, which is a good sign," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They just didn't find any holes. We had some opportunities to score, big time, in the eighth and ninth wiped out by double plays. It's a situation where we've got to keep the ball off the ground. Some of the young guys are learning what not to do."
Most of the Cincinnati starters got two plate appearances before being replaced. Starter Greg Reynolds went just five innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits while being hit with the loss. Curtis Partch, Nick Christiani, and Zach Duke all pitched in relief.
The Reds and Pirates are scheduled to face off Tuesday night at 8:00 ET at PNC Park. Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is confident in the teams ability heading into the postseason.
"These past three games, to be honest with you, I don't even care about them," Cozart said. "We put ourselves in a spot, we knew we were going to be in the Wild Card either way, whether it was home or away, so we knew we have this one game and that's what it boils down to. We're going to play well, put on a good show and hopefully continue it throughout the postseason."
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