Friday, September 23, 2011

Chance at A Winning Season is Lost in Defeat


Cincinnati (76-81) rallied to tie the game in the ninth, but Ryan Ludwick's walkoff single in the bottom of the inning capped a 4-3 victory for host Pittsburgh (70-87). The loss by the Redlegs dashed any hopes of finishing the season with a winning record -- although a .500 record still remains a possibility.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables from Friday's contest at PNC Park:

The Good:
-Brandon Phillips reached base three times and scored a run out of the leadoff spot. He now has five hits in his last two games.
-Todd Frazier and Paul Janish added a pair of singles each. Frazier also took a hit-by-pitch to force in the game-tying run with two outs in the ninth.
-Drew Stubbs swiped his 39th and 40th bags of the season. He becomes the first Red since Deion Sanders in 1997 with 40 or more stolen bases in a single season (Sanders had 57 in '97).
-Aroldis Chapman pitched two scoreless innings without allowing a walk or hit.

The Bad:
-The Reds lose for the ninth time in 13 tries against the Buccos this year.
-Nick Masset's recent struggles continue as he surrendered the game-winning hit to Ludwick.
-Jay Bruce was 0 for 4 with a couple of strikeouts.
-The defeat squashed any chance of a winning season for Cincy.
-Dusty Baker's squad left 12 men on base compared to the Pirates' 5.

Notables:
-It was the 32nd one-run loss for Cincinnati this season, which ties them with Florida for the most in MLB. The last time the franchise lost 32 one-run contests in one year was 1963.
-Pittsburgh reached 70 wins or more in a season for the first time since 2004.

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