Game 55: Pirates 4, Reds 5

The Pirates were unable to climb within one game of first place and fell to 27-26 in a 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of this three-game set.

The starting pitching was anything but phenomenal, as Brad Lincoln only went four innings, giving up five runs on six hits, one of which was a home run, and two walks.  Lincoln also struck out five.  Doug Slaten was impressive, going three full innings for the Bucs, shutting out the Reds while allowing just one hit and walking one while striking out one.  Jared Hughes pitched the eighth inning for the Bucs, allowing no hits and no runs while walking one a batter.

The offense looked like it did before the Milwaukee series, hitting seven times for a .219 average and only drew one walk (McCutchen).  McCutchen came back from a 1-for-5 performance last night to hit 1-for-3 while hitting a nearly-pivotal three-run home run in the eighth inning.  Every starting player except Garrett Jones struck out once in an eight-strikeout performance.  Rod Barajas hit his seventh double of the season.

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