The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds combined for 10 home runs during a wild six innings on Monday night before rain resulted in a suspension with the score tied 7-7 at wet, windy Great American Ball Park.
There was a one-hour, 38-minute rain delay before the game was suspended. The game will be resumed tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 p.m in the top of the seventh inning.
The Pirates hit back-to-back home runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings.
Second baseman Neil Walker and first baseman Gaby Sanchez each hit two home runs for the Pirates and twice went back-to-back. Left fielder Starling Marte and right fielder Travis Snider began the fifth with back-to-back homers.
The Reds got solo shots from third baseman Todd Frazier, left fielder Ryan Ludwick, first baseman Joey Votto and catcher Devin Mesoraco.
Frazier hammered an 0-2 pitch from Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez 438 feet to center in the first inning. The ball hit the batter’s eye to put the Reds up 2-1.
Rodriguez allowed six earned runs and three home runs in five innings.
The Pirates regained the lead in the second inning with back-to-back homers by Walker and Sanchez, putting them up 3-2.
In the fourth, Frazier’s pop fly struck the face of a diving Snider down the right-field line. The umpires initially ruled it a foul ball, but following a manager’s replay challenge the call was reversed and Frazier was awarded a double.
Then, just as the heavy rain started to pour in GABP,
Ludwick hit a two-run homer to put Cincinnati ahead 4-3.
The Reds’ lead was short-lived, however, as the Pirates went back-to-back for the second time in the game with solo shots by Marte and Snider, putting them ahead 5-4.
Bailey allowed five earned runs on eight hits, four of which resulted in the long ball, and struck out nine. Despite all that fiasco, he settled for a no-decision.
Just when it appeared the Pirates were in line for a rain-shortened victory, Votto hit a two-out, two-run home run to right field on the first pitch from Rodriguez putting Cincinnati ahead 6-5.
Pittsburgh briefly regained the lead when Walker and Sanchez went back-to-back off reliever J.J. Hoover.
But Mesoraco’s solo homer with two outs in the sixth tied the score 7-7. The umpires called for the tarp after the bottom of sixth was completed
Talk about a crazy game, well tomorrow’s forecast is supposed to be cold, with temperatures around the 30s to near 40s. Thank you mother nature.
Completion of Game 1 : 5:30pm
Game 2: 7:10pm
Both games will be on FSN OHIO and radio (700 WLW).