Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 1

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, September 29, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 63°
Umpires - Home Plate - Chris Conroy, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Ed Hickox,
Attendance - 38623

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 1 0 1 7 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cincinnati 95-63 50-31 45-32 L1
Pittsburgh 77-81 43-34 34-47 W1

Recap


Pirates 2, Reds 1: Andrew McCutchen belted a walkoff homer to snap a tie in the ninth inning as host Pittsburgh dealt Cincinnati a blow to its bid for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

After Jonathan Broxton (3-2) retired his first batter, McCutchen snapped an 0-for-16 drought by blasting an offering deep to right-center field to send PNC Park into a frenzy. The homer was McCutchen's 31st of the season.

Alex Presley ended a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the seventh inning for the Pirates (77-81), who need to win their final four games to prevent their 20th consecutive losing season.

Scott Rolen had an RBI single in the eighth inning for the Reds, who fell one game behind Washington. The Nationals posted a 6-4 triumph over St. Louis on Saturday.

Joel Hanrahan (5-1) overcame a pair of walks to work a scoreless inning to pick up the victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: McCutchen went 1-for-5 to see his average dip to .329. San Francisco's Buster Posey, who leads the National League with a .337 average in Melky Cabrera's absence, went 2-for-2 against San Diego later on Saturday. ... Cincinnati's Mike Leake pitched six solid innings, but settled for a no-decision to remain winless (0-3) in six career starts at PNC Park. ... Pittsburgh posted its 17th sellout of the season, matching its 2011 total.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
Mike Leake Player Kyle McPherson
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.0
3 Strikeouts 5
4 Hits 4
0.00 ERA 0.00
Hitting
Cincinnati   Pittsburgh
Ryan Ludwick Player Pedro Alvarez
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 3
1.000 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Cincinnati 7 0 9 .226 18 9 1 4 0 2
Pittsburgh 8 1 13 .250 17 4 2 6 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against Cincinnati. The Pirates have a W/L % of .474 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Cincinnati will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Reds have a W/L % of .573 after a win and .645 after a loss.