Newman Walks It Off In the 9th, Pirates defeat Reds 6-5

Pirates SP Steven Brault strikes out a career high 10 batters in his final start of the 2019 season

Matt Harkins
September 27, 2019 - 11:32 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh Pirates Shortstop Kevin Newman hit a 3-run home run in the 5th inning and with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and a runner on 3rd, Newman puts his second home run of the night into the left field bleachers to walk it off and defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 at PNC Park Friday night.

"I definitely like being in that situation, I like having those opportunities to come through for the team," said Newman. "I don't change anything in my approach, I don't try to do more. I think I just like the competiveness that comes with a situation like that."

Pirates Starting Pitcher Steven Brault had a mixed bag performance Friday night in his final start of the 2019 season as he struck out a career high 10 batters, but walked 4 and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits through 5 innings on 96 pitches (52 strikes).

"It was a little up and down, but I think overall it seemed like when I walk people they score, I gave up 4 walks and I gave up 4 runs. It seems to be the rule for me, so reduce the walks reduce the runs, " said Brualt. "Overall I felt good, I just wanted to go out there tonight and give everything I had. Instead of trying to focus on being perfect, I wanted to focus on being me. So, tonight even though the stat line isn't exactly perfect, I think that what it shows is that moving into the off-season I know that I'm going to work on not trying to be somebody else, but trying to be the best version of me that I can be. I'm excited to see what we can do as a team next year and I how I can improve as well."

Cincinnati would have a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Erik Gonzalez and Steven Brault would lead off the bottom half of the inning with back to back singles and Kevin Newman would cut the Pirates deficit to 1 after hitting a 3-run home run into the bleachers in left field.

With his single in the fourth inning, Gonzalez extends his hitting streak to a career high 11 games.

Pittsburgh would end up tying the game at 4 in the bottom of the six when they had runners on the corners with one out and Gonzalez would line out to second base, but Jose Peraza would throw to first to try and double up Jacob Stallings, but the ball would get away from the Reds first baseman and Kevin Kramer would score from third.

Michael Lorenzen started the game in centerfield for the Reds, came in and pitched two scoreless innings and gave Cincinnati a one run lead with an RBI single in the top of the 8th inning.

The Reds are have been very creative in how they use Lorenzen this year out of the bullpen and in centerfield and in the clubhouse postgame we learned that the Pirates are discussing how they can use Brault as a two way player.

"I would love to (play a little outfield)," said Brault. "I think that baseball's kind of moving to a different scene. Everything goes in circles, so there used to be two way players way back in the day and people decided it wouldn't work in Major League Baseball and I think what you're seeing is that it can. If you can have somebody that can add value on both sides of the ball obviously that's nice. I would love to be that guy for this team, it will be interesting to see how they decide to go about it and how it all works out. It's something we talked about in our exit meeting, try to get more at-bats next year. I'm excited and I will definitely be doing a lot of hitting work in the off-season."

The Pirates will send James Marvel (0-3, 10.22 ERA) to the mound for game two of the weekend series against a still to be determined starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds Saturday night at 7:05 pm at PNC Park.

It is also Steve Blass Day at PNC Park as the pregame festivities honoring Steve Blass for his 60 years with the organization will start at 6:40 pm.

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's postgame conversation with the media below:

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