The longer term was on show at Nice American Ball Park — and it had nothing to do with Hunter Greene, the group’s prime decide in June’s draft who made a fast journey to Cincinnati for Saturday’s recreation.
Rookie outfielder Jesse Winker hit his sixth homer of the season, proper-hander Sal Romano threw eight shutout innings and Cody Reed recorded his first profession save because the Reds beat the Pirates 2-1 on Saturday.
Listed here are the primary storylines from Saturday’s recreation:
• Romano rolls: Rookie Sal Romano, who was 2-1 with a 2.sixty four ERA in his earlier 5 begins, turned in his greatest huge-league begin but, throwing eight shutout innings.
Romano, 23, allowed 5 hits and didn’t stroll a batter. He struck out six.
Identical to the night time earlier than, Pirates leadoff man Adam Frazier had an prolonged first at-bat. Towards Homer Bailey on Friday, he lined out on the 14th pitch of the sport. Saturday, he hit a dribbler again to Romano on his eleventh pitch.
Romano would throw greater than eleven pitches in simply two extra of his eight innings — 14 within the second and thirteen within the fifth.
He was eliminated for pinch-hitter Patrick Kivlehan within the backside of the eighth and completed the day throwing ninety seven pitches, seventy four for strikes.
• Winker goes deep: In 810 plate appearances within the minors the final two seasons, outfielder Jesse Winker hit simply seven house runs — and two of these have been in his 4-recreation rehab stint at rookie degree Billings.
For all of the hand wringing about his energy earlier than he got here up, he’s proven lots within the huge leagues. Saturday, in his 104th plate look within the massive leagues, he hit his sixth house run — and his third towards the Pirates.
When Winker led off the seventh, the Reds had managed only one hit — a fourth-inning Joey Votto single — towards Pirates starter Ivan Nova. He took an zero-2 fastball into the seats in proper to provide the Reds a 1-zero lead.
• Suarez continues to flash the leather-based: There have been occasions within the first half of the 2016 season that Eugenio Suarez appeared like a misplaced trigger at third base, a place that was new to him. He improved over the second half of the 2016 season and in 2017 he has appeared like he might win a Gold Glove in any league that didn’t additionally function Nolan Arenado.
Arenado continues to be a Colorado Rockie, so the Gold Glove is probably going out of Suarez’s attain, however he crammed up a spotlight reel on…