Moran And Bell Homer, Pirates Shutout Reds 14-0

Trevor Williams pitches six shutout innings, strikes out three and allows no one to get past first base against him

Matt Harkins
August 24, 2019 - 11:14 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - It was an offensive explosion for the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night at PNC Park as Colin Moran and Josh Bell each homer and they cruise past the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 to take the first two games of the series.

Bryan Reynolds brought home the first runs of the game for Pittsburgh with an RBI Double to the right field corner that scored Jacob Stallings and Kevin Newman came around to score on the play after the ball got by Reds first baseman Derek Dietrich and the Pirates led 2-0 after three innings.

Pirates Starting Pitcher Trevor Williams was very efficient through his six innings of work Saturday night as he only allowed four Reds batters to reach base and none of them made it past first. After only lasting two innings in his last start against Washington, this start was a step in the right direction back to what type of pitcher he expects to be and what we saw last season as well as the beginning of this season.

"Within sport you can trust the process and you see the process work," said Williams. "The results aren't always going to be there, but we analyzed what we needed to analyze and we were really dilligent and what we were trying to do today and I thought what we were trying to do, I would've loved to be 100%, but I felt I was about 95% with what I was trying to do out there in terms of my delivery and my execution. So, it's a stepping stone, which is definitely a good start to build upon and like I said sport is really the only thing in life where you can see the process coming to fruition."

Final pitching line on the night for Williams was six innings pitched, giving up three hits, one walk and striking out three on 84 pitches (49 strikes).

Pittsburgh's offense added on some insurance for Williams in the bottom of the 6th as Jose Osuna brought home Newman on an RBI infield single and Moran hit a pinch hit grand slam for his 12th home run of the season, 3rd pinch hit home run on the season and 4th career grand slam as the Pirates had a 7-0 lead after six.

"It was just nice to get a pitch to hit there," said Moran. "Just trying to get something positive going, we were having a good game there and just trying to add on."

The Pirates batters weren't done with the home run ball after Moran's grand slam as Bell would add on three more runs with a home run of his own down the left field line in the seventh for his 32nd home run of the season, which ties the Pirates record for home runs by a switch hitter in a single season (Bobby Bonilla, 1990) and has 102 runs batted in on the season as Pittsburgh extended their lead to 10-0 after seven innings.

"It was cool (to go over 100 RBI), there's a lot of weight on that number, so it's cool to get that out of the way," said Bell. "Strive for more, so it's cool to kind of have that check go off in that box."

The Pirates scored twelve runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings to put the finishing touches on what was a well played game all around against the Reds Saturday night.

"It's fun to watch a well played baseball game when you can put all three components together," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "Played exceptional defense, turned three double plays, starting pitching was strong, we got the outs of the bullpen with Rodriguez and Crick and Parker (Markel) finishing up. Offensively, it was a tight game until the 6th, we were able to create some seperation and add on from that point on to finish out with multiple run innings in three consecutive innings was also good to see."

In the race for the National League batting title, Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a double, single, walk and a run scored and is now batting .326 and in 3rd place behind Jeff McNeil (.332, NYM) and Christian Yelich (.329, MIL).

The Pirates will go for the sweep against the Reds as they close out the three game weekend series Sunday afternoon at PNC Park when they send Dario Agrazal (2-3, 4.09 ERA) to the mound against Trevor Bauer (10-10, 4.06 ERA) and Cincinnati at 1:35 pm.

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