Saturday, September 24, 2011

Buccos Cruise Past Cincy Behind Lincoln


It was Deja Vu at PNC Park on Saturday as the Pirates (71-87) edged out the visiting Reds (76-82) 4-3 -- just as they did on Friday. Starter Brad Lincoln helped propel the Bucs to victory after limiting Cincinnati to two runs over five frames of work.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables from Saturday's affair:

The Good:
-Brandon Phillips clubbed two doubles (37), a single and scored a run. He has eight hits in his last three games to help boost his average back over .300 (.301).
-Joey Votto pounded out two doubles (40) and drove in a pair of runs (101).
-Juan Francisco had two doubles as well.
-The bullpen shutout the Buccos over a combined 5.33 IP.

The Bad:
-The Pirates dominance over Cincy continues. They have won 10 of 14 against Dusty Baker's club in 2011.
-Starter Travis Wood recorded only eight outs before exiting after allowing four runs and seven hits.
-Every hitter in the Reds' lineup struckout at least once with the exception of Votto.
-The Redlegs guaranteed themselves their 9th losing season in 10 years.
-Drew Stubbs went down on strikes twice more in the game. I've lost count on how many that is for '11, but all approximations are that it's more than 200. Geez.
-Cincinnati pitchers allowed four hits to rookie 3B Josh Harrison.

Notables:
-Six of the Reds' eight hits were doubles.
-The Redlegs lost all four of their games played on Saturdays during September.
-Cincinnati lost by one-run for the league-leading 33rd time this season.

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