Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 1

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, May 28, 2012 1:35 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 87°
Umpires - Home Plate - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Fieldin Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom,
Attendance - 14792

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
Pittsburgh 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 27-21 15-9 12-12 L1
Pittsburgh 24-24 15-10 9-14 W4

Recap

Pirates 4, Reds 1: James McDonald threw eight scoreless innings and the Pirates jumped on Reds starter Bronson Arroyo early as host Pittsburgh reached the .500 mark for the first time since April 10.

The Pirates have won a season-high four straight games. Cincinnati lost for just the second time in its last 10 games.

McDonald (4-2) held the Reds to five hits and one walk, striking out five. He was unable to finish his first complete game in the majors, leaving after throwing 103 pitches. 

Arroyo (2-3) lasted only four innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. 

Pedro Alvarez hit an RBI double off the wall in the left-field corner and scored on Garrett Jones' single in the first to stake McDonald to an early lead.

Neil Walker added to the lead with an RBI double inside the first base bag in the second and Rod Barajas' RBI single in the third made it 4-0. 

Chris Heisey's RBI single against Tony Watson in the ninth broke up the shutout, but Joel Hanrahan came in to record the final out for his 12th save.

GAME NOTEBOOK: McDonald has lost just one of his last eight starts and improved to 5-1 against Cincinnati. … Arroyo is winless in his last four starts. He dropped to 6-7 against his former team. … Pittsburgh OF Jose Tabata started and batted leadoff despite being listed as questionable with cramps in his left leg.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
Bronson Arroyo Player James McDonald
Loss W/L Win
4.0 IP 8.0
1 Strikeouts 5
8 Hits 5
9.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
Ryan Hanigan Player Rod Barajas
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
3 TB 2
.667 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cincinnati 6 0 7 .188 17 6 1 2 0 0
Pittsburgh 10 0 14 .303 14 5 4 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Cincinnati. The Pirates have a W/L % of .348 after a win and .640 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Reds have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .650 after a loss.