Sunday, September 25, 2011

D-Train gets back on winning track as Reds plunder Pirates


Two, long overdue occurences happened at PNC Park on Sunday: Dontrelle Willis earned his much-deserved first win of the season (1-6) and Cincinnati (77-82) defeated the Pirates (71-88) by a score of 5-4.

Here's the good, the bad, the notables and the Hard Hat winner from the game:

The Good:
-The Reds win a one-run game.
-The Reds avoided being swept by the Pirates.
-The baseball gods finally blessed Willis with his first victory in over a year. The left-hander tossed six innings of 3-hit, 3-run ball while striking out six. He also helped himself at the plate by ripping two hits including a two-run double in the sixth.
-Brandon Phillips reached base three times (two via walk), scored a run and drove in a run.
-Jay Bruce and Chris Heisey picked up a coule of hits a piece.
-Cincy outhit Pittsburgh 11-4.

The Bad:
-Dave Sappelt was hitless in four at-bats.
-Joey Votto went down on strikes three times in a 1 for 5 showing at the dish.
-Francisco Cordero added some unnecessary suspense in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately got the job done for his 35th save of 2011.

Notables:
-The win was the first for the Reds on the weekend since Friday, 9/9 @ Colorado (1-7 since now).
-The Pirates win the season series 10-5.
-Cordero notched his 148th career save as a Red -- tying him with John Franco for second on the team's all-time list.

The Hard Hat:
-Nobody deserves the Redlegs Review Hard Hat more than Willis for his role in this Reds victory.

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