Despite failing to register a hit on Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates come away victorious against the Cincinnati Reds
One of the things that makes the game of baseball so great is that you never know what you’re going to see. Every day you may see something you have never seen before. Sunday afternoon at PNC Park was an example of one of those days in a 1-0 win for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds. With the win, the Pirates improved to 15-19 this season. What made the win odd and historic was that the Pirates failed to register a hit.
That’s right, the Pirates won a baseball game without registering a hit. It was only the 6th time in MLB history that a team won a game without registering a hit. The win earned the Pirates a split in their four-game run against the Reds.
21-year-old right-hander Hunter Greene started for the Reds and explained why he entered the season as one of baseball’s top pitching prospects. Greene threw 7.1 hitless innings while batting a career-best 9. However, he walked 4 batters which helped the Pirates win.
It was undoubtedly a frustrating game for the Reds. With the loss, the Reds fell to 9-26 this season. When a team has a season in which they are about to lose 120 games, these kinds of losses seem to happen.
Another good start from José Quintana
Veteran left-hander Jose Quintana continues to be the team’s best starting pitcher, throwing another gem on Sunday afternoon. Quintana pitched 7 scoreless innings for the Pirates, becoming the first Pirates starter to go 7 innings in a row since Tyler Anderson on July 4 last season.
Quintana has allowed just 3 hits, walked a batter and struck out 5. He has now pitched 37 innings in 7 starts this season. Quintana walks batters at a 9.4% clip and strikes out at a 20.1% rate. With this debut, he lowered his ERA on the season to 2.19 to go with a FIP of 3.42.
Quintana, 33, has been a leader for the Pirate pitching staff both on the mound and in the clubhouse this season. If he continues to throw anywhere near the level he has so far, he should earn the Pirates a tremendous comeback in a trade this summer.
The pirate attack finds its way into round 8
After Greene got the first out of the 7th inning, shortstop Rodolfo Castro walked. This was followed by a terrific at-bat in which Mike Perez blasted his way to his second walk of the game.
With a pair of runners on base and just one out, Greene was called out for Art Warren. Warren entered the game and continued the madness by throwing a four-pitch walk to Ben Gamel, loading the bases with just one out.
Ke’Bryan Hayes then hit a ground ball to second base. As the Reds tried to convert a 4-6-3 double play, they couldn’t. Hayes beat the fullback, had an RBI on pick a defenseman, and the Pirates had a 1-0 lead.
It turned out to be the only run of the match. David Bednar would pitch the 9th inning for the Pirates, pulling the Reds out for his 7th save of the season. He was helped by a dandy of a defensive play by second baseman Josh VanMeter, as well as good work from Yoshi Tsutsugo to catch a line drive at first base.
Next up for the Pittsburgh Pirates is a three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. While veteran left-hander Wade Miley (9.00 ERA, 7.46 FIP) is expected to start for the Cubs on Monday night, as of this writing, no starter has been announced for the Pirates. The first pitch from Wrigley Field is scheduled for 7:40 p.m. ET.