After dropping game one in the three game set, the Cincinnati Reds were able to rally together for an impressive win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night; and then again with an extra inning victory Thursday night to take two of three from the Pirates.
After a one hour rain delay, the Reds were able to score in each of the first two innings. In the first inning, Todd Frazier lined a base hit into center field that would chase home Brandon Phillips, 1-0 Reds. In the second inning, Billy Hamilton would single on a ground ball through the hole on the right side into right field. He would then steal second base. Phillips would then hit a line shot into the gap in right center field. Josh Harrison would take a bad route and the ball would roll all the way to the wall and Hamilton would come in to score, 2-0 Reds.
The Pirates would then get their chance to score in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and one on, Francisco Cervelli would reach on a fielding error by Eugenio Suarez. Jung Ho Kang would advance to second base. Jordy Mercer would then hit a ground rule double down the right field line. Kang would score and Cervelli would stop at third base, 2-1 Reds. Next would be A.J. Burnett. He lined a base hit into center field, and two more runs came home for the Pirates, 3-2 Pirates.
The Pirates would tag on their fourth an final run of the game with a Cervelli single in the sixth inning to make the score 4-2 Pirates. The lead did not last long however, when Frazier hit his 24th homerun of the season and chased in Joey Votto to tie the game at four in the seventh inning. That would be the last run scored for six innings.
Going into the 13th inning the game was still tied at four. On the fourth pitch of the inning from Rob Scahill, Phillips would able to launch his fourth homerun of the year to take the lead in the top of the 13th inning, 5-4. Pedro Villarreal would come out for his second inning of work and slam the door on the Pirates. The Reds would win the game and take the 2nd game of the series, and the second game in a row again the Pirates.
Additional Note: The Reds first six batter of the line up had a multi-hit day with Frazier and Phillips collecting three hits a piece. Together the first six guys hit 14-37, .378.