MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 380
Pittsburgh0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 171
  W: T. Mahle (3-12)   L: T. Williams (7-9)   S: M. Lorenzen (7)
12:05 PM PT1:05 PM MT2:05 PM CT3:05 PM ET15:05 ET19:05 GMT3:05 12:05 PM MST2:05 PM EST2:35 PM VEN23:05 UAE2:05 PM CT, September 29, 2019
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 23,617

Reds, Pirates look to end season on high note

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Cincinnati pitching is averaging 9.80 strikeouts per nine innings this season, on pace to be the highest SO/9 IP rate in National League history. The Reds have 1533 strikeouts with three games remaining -- the NL record for pitching strikeouts in a season is 1565 by the 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers.
  2. The Pirates will finish in last place in NL Central this season, while the Reds will finish in fourth in the division. Pittsburgh and Cincinnati have been the two bottom teams in the NL Central in each of the past three seasons.
  3. The Reds have the best run differential in the majors in the first inning this season at +40. From the second inning on, Cincinnati has a -53-run differential, which ranks 18th in baseball.
  4. Eugenio Suarez has hit 49 home runs this season, second most all-time by a third baseman (based on season position) in a season (Alex Rodriguez -- 52 HR in 2007). Suarez is tied with Ted Kluszewski (1954) for the second-most home runs in a season in franchise history (George Foster -- 52 HR in 1977).
  5. Bryan Reynolds enters this series with an .880 OPS, on pace to be the third-highest mark by a qualifying switch-hitting rookie all-time. Tom McCreery (.956 OPS in 1896) and Duke Kenworthy (.896 OPS in 1914) are the only switch-hitting rookies with higher marks than Reynolds (among batting title qualifiers).
  6. Anthony DeSclafani has limited opponents to 12 hits over his last five starts, tied for the fewest allowed by a Reds starter in any five-start span in the live-ball era (since 1920). Opponents are batting just .114 off DeSclafani in September, the lowest mark in the majors over that time (min. 20 IP).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2019 thru 9/29/2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates and visiting Cincinnati Reds have something to decide Sunday at PNC Park in the season finale for both.

The teams can't move in the standings -- the Reds (74-87) and Pirates (69-92) are locked into the last two spots in the National League Central, respectively.

They can't affect what remains of the playoff chases.

But one of them will get to take a series win into the offseason.

The teams have split the first two games, which have been close. Pittsburgh won 6-5 Friday on Kevin Newman's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cincinnati won 4-2 Saturday in 12 innings.

The Reds, who had lost five straight before Saturday, also can make their record in Pittsburgh this year just a little less lopsided. They are 1-8 at PNC Park.

The Pirates can go out with a win after their four-game winning streak was snapped Saturday.

In the season finale, Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle (2-12, 5.34 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Trevor Williams (7-8, 5.52 ERA).

Trevor Bauer had been scheduled to start for the Reds on Saturday, but that was moved back a day because he got ill. Then during Saturday's game, he was scratched from Sunday's start, depriving him of a last chance to pitch this year.

Bauer finishes 11-13 with a 4.48 ERA in a career-high 213 innings between his time with Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Mahle hasn't won since May 31, going 0-6 in in 13 subsequent starts.

He is coming back to pitch after starting Wednesday, but he lasted just 2 1/3 innings that game, a 9-2 loss against Milwaukee, giving up eight runs, seven of them earned, and seven hits, including three homers, with three walks and one strikeout.

"He couldn't get it going, and that made it tough on him," Reds manager David Bell said of what everyone thought would be Mahle's last outing of the year. "He gave it everything he had, but just not his best night. He wasn't able to locate his fastball and didn't have enough to get them out."

Now Mahle gets another chance.

Mahle is 0-3 with a 4.16 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates. All five games were Reds losses.

Williams has struggled to find consistency this year. He has lost two straight starts after winning two in a row.

Since he came off the injured list June 19, he is 5-7 with a 6.91 ERA.

His last time out, Williams gave up two runs and three hits in five innings, with six strikeouts and two walks, Sunday in a 4-3 loss against Milwaukee that was Pittsburgh's ninth straight loss.

"We're fighting for each other in this clubhouse. We're fighting for each other to finish strong at the end of the year," Williams said then, just before the Pirates reeled off five straight wins before Saturday's loss.

Against Cincinnati, Williams is 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 career games, eight of them starts. This year, he is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 29, 2019

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