Aside from a harmless pitch from Charlie Morton to the thigh of Shin Soo Choo, the big confrontation that we expected resulting from Aroldis Chapman buzzing Neil Walker near his head last night was nonexistent.
Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to enact their revenge on the field. They gave the Cincinnati Reds, their new inter-divisional rivals, a beating Tuesday night, defeating them 4-0 at Great American Ballpark.
The Pirates jumped all over Reds’ starter Mat Latos, who lost his first decision since August of 2012 to fall to 6-1, in the first inning, scoring 3 runs in the first off of the Reds’ righthander. They used a leadoff triple from Starling Marte, who scored on an infield single from catcher Russell Martin, and a 2 RBI single to left from third baseman Pedro Alvarez to do the damage. They also scored on a Starling Marte RBI single in the top of the 7th.
In addition, Pirates’ starter Charlie Morton absolutely shut the Reds’ down for 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning, and only allowed 3 of them on the night accompanied by no walks and 2 strikeouts.
Reds’ starter Mat Latos settled down after the first, retiring 12 of his next 13 hitters and ended up striking out 9 on the day. Reds pitching as a whole struck out 17 Pirates while only giving up 4 hits. It ended up not mattering much, though, as the Pirates were able to take the game easily regardless.