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Lance McAlister

Reds: Beaten by their best, twice.



CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds watches a ninth inning home run by Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates which tied the game at Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Pirates won 6-5 in 11 innings. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) 

Final: Pirates 6 Reds 5  Boxscore  

First things first:
1. I was fine sending Ramon Santiago. When the ball left Bruce's bat I thought the Reds won it. That is when the decision to send Santiago was made. Not second guessing from your coach, after Santiago was out. Sometimes the other team makes the play, and that was a whale of a play. Despite Santiago being gunned down on a heck of a throw/tag, let's not forget the Reds still had the bases loaded with Ryan Ludwick and Brayan Pena at the plate. Neither could deliver.
2. The Reds were beaten by the Pirates best player, twice. First time, fine, second there is no way am I giving McCutchen a chance to beat me with 2 outs and nobody on. No way. No how. No chance.
3. Jonathan Broxton has been aces for this team, he got beat, it happens.
4. Tony LaRussa, I mean Bryan Price, using 3 pitchers to get 3 outs in the 8th, on a night without Chapman, was a killer. It was un-Price like.
5. Mike Leake only being able to deliver six innings, kept the wheels in motion for trouble. Reds SP outings last five games: 2.2, 6.2, 5, 5, 6.

For the first 89 games of the season, the Reds had not overcome more than a two run deficit to win a game. Last night, the Reds were three outs from doing just that for the third time this week. But then the Pirates best player beat Jonathan Broxton to tied the game in the 9th and beat JJ Hoover in the 11th, to beat the Reds 6-5. 
The Reds could not close out the game in the 9th and could not finish off the game in the bottom of the 11th. Per Elias, Andrew McCutchen has homered 20 times vs the Reds since 2009, most by any players vs another team in the majors in that span.
Tuesday the Reds rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Cubs, Friday night they rallied from down 5-1 to win and Saturday night came off the mat from a 4-0 deficit to take a lead 5-4 in the 6th. Five consecutive Reds reached base in the 6th.
-Chris Heisey, PH 2-run HR, 4-2 Pirates (Heisey's 8th career PH HR)
-Todd Frazier, 3-run HR, 424 feet off the boat deck, 5-4 Reds. Frazier had gone a season high 19 games without a HR.
But McCutchen lead off the 9th with a 442-foot bolt to CF. He was then pitched to with 2-outs and nobody on in the 11th, and delivered a 363-foot bomb.
*Reds remain 1.5 games back of the Brewers who lost again.
*Reds 7-3 on homestand, 8-4 vs Pirates.
*Johnny Cueto pitches for the series win today.
*Aroldis Chapman was unavailable Saturday night, having pitched four consecutive games/70 pitches.
*On a night with no Chapman, Price, used 3 relievers to get 3 outs in the 8th (LeCure, Parra, Diaz). The three pitchers threw 12 pitches.
*After allowing one run in 22 previous appearances, Broxton allowed runs in back to back appearances.
*The Reds missed a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 10th. Ramon Santiago and Todd Frazier walked to lead off the inning. With no outs, Jay Bruce then line a single through the right side. Santiago was gunned down at the plate...Gregory Polanco to Russell Martin. Polanco threw a laser, Martin stabbed a short hop and applied the tag. I tip my cap.  When the ball left Bruce's bat I yelled to Casey, "they won it." Bruce when to 2nd on the throw, leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd, and forcing the Pirates to walk Devin Mesoraco to load the bases. Ryan Ludwick and Brayan Pena then struck out to end the threat.
*2 hits: Frazier, Bruce, Ludwick.
*Cozart has hits in 8 of last 9 games. 
*Ludwick 3 straight multi-hit games.
*Frazier stole his 14th base....on pace for 31 HR, 24 SB.
*Santiago 6 game hit streak (10 for 21)
*3 Reds PH last night--Soto, Negron, Lutz: 21 for 119 (.176) in ML careers.
Starting pitcher
*Mike Leake: 6 IN, 9 H, 4 R.....victim 4th blown save.
Ondrusek, 7th: 1 IN, OR
LeCure, 8th: 1., 9 pitches
Parra, 8th: .1, 2 pitches
Diaz, 8th, .1, 1 pitch...Price's trust factor in him rising higher and higher
Broxton, 9th: 1 R
Hoover 10th,11th: 1 1-7 on the year. McCutchen had been 1 for 7 (HR) lifetime vs Hoover.

Price on loss


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