Pirates Fall To Reds On Steve Blass Night In 12 Innings, 4-2

Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th with one out, but did not bring home the winning run

Matt Harkins
September 29, 2019 - 1:46 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Cincinnati Reds would tie the game at two in the fourth inning and it would remain that way until Jose Iglesias would bring home the go ahead run in the top of the 12th and R.J. Alaniz would add some insurance with a single of his own to score Iglesias and the Reds defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Saturday night.

The night at PNC Park started with an emotional ceremony for Pirates Broadcaster Steve Blass to celebrate his 60 years with the organization as a player and broadcaster.

Along with it being James Marvel's final start of the 2019 season after starting the year it Double-A, he also got to soak in the atmosphere around PNC Park on this special night for the Pirates and the fan base.

"That was really cool," said Marvel. "In general, I've gotten to know Steve just very briefly in my time here and then I had met him in Spring Training. I've had just a handful of conversations with him and that's all it takes to know that he's a genuine, kind, caring person."

The weather did not cooperate before the game and cut the pregame ceremony a little short, but after an hour and five minute rain delay, baseball would be played at PNC Park between the Pirates and Reds.

Tucker Barnhart would put the Reds up 1-0 in the top of the second when he hit a solo home run over the Clemente Wall.

In the bottom of the second, however, the Pirates would answer right back and take the lead as Jose Osuna would single and score on a wild pitch from third base to tie the game. Steven Baron would double into the left field corner to allow Kevin Kramer to score for his first career Major League RBI.

Marvel continued the string of pretty good starts the starting pitchers have had in the final outings of the 2019 season. Including working his way out of a bases loaded one out jam as he got Aristides Aquino to bounce back to the mound to get the force out at the plate and got Josh VanMeter to bounce back to the mound also to end the inning.

From Altoona to Indianapolis to Pittsburgh, Marvel has learned a lot about himself this year and knows what he has to work on this off-season to be ready to go in Spring Training next year and battle for a spot in this rotation.

On Marvel's approach on the mound tonight:

"For me, it was being really intentional with the execution of each pitch," said Marvel. "If I was going to miss, I was going to miss in favor of me and  my stuff. For example, on some fastballs in I might go 1-0 or 1-1 with something, but if I can move them off the plate a little bit and set something up for next pitch. Just learning how my stuff plays off of that instead of just always just throwing strikes and not walking guys. There's good times to throw balls. I don't want to walk people, it's not a part of my game, but there's going to be certain situations like there was tonight with open bags and guys on where that's just a part of the game and that's part of how you have to play winning baseball. It's not just about ok I didn't walk anybody, it's ok I executed some good pitches and you go from there."

Iglesias would bring home the tying run for Cincinnati in the top of the fourth inning on a single that scored Phillip Ervin from second after a leadoff double.

Prior to the game, the Pirates announced the creation of the Pirates Hall of Fame at PNC Park and Steve Blass will be the first enshrinee in their Hall of Fame.

In game 162, the Pirates will close out the 2019 season on Sunday when they send Trevor Williams (7-8, 5.52 ERA) to the mound against Tyler Mahle and the Reds at 3:05 pm at PNC Park.

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's Postgame comments below:

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