Game 54: Pirates 8, Reds 4

After taking a series from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pirates continued their hot streak and beat the Reds in the first game of a three-game set in remarkable style.

A.J. Burnett pitched a solid start after a rocky start, allowing two runs in the first inning.  After that, Burnett was lights-out, going five innings, allowing three earned on five hits, yet walking four but he struck out eight batters.  Chris Resop was great, going two innings to relieve Burnett, allowing one hit and walking two while not allowing a run, all of which happened while he struck out four.  Tony Watson was able to toss a scoreless inning despite walking one.  Joel Hanrahan saved the game for the Bucs by striking out the side after Juan Cruz threw a dismal beginning to the ninth, allowing a run on three hits without recording an out.

The offense stayed alive, hitting three home runs in the cigar box that is Great American Ballpark.  Neil Walker hit his third home run of the season in the third inning, which was perhaps the final straw for Homer Bailey after allowing six runs in three innings.  Casey McGehee hit his first roundtripper in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform in the fifth inning, and Alex Presley had J.J. Hoover All Shook Up after hitting his third in the sixth inning.  Presley came back with a vengeance, also hitting a triple in his first game since being recalled from AAA Indianapolis.

The Pirates take on the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow at 7:10 PM.

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