Aug 1, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) is congratulated by catcher Brayan Pena (29) after the Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Result: Pirates lose 4-3
Winning Pitcher: Raisel Iglesias (2-3, 5.13 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Gerrit Cole (14-5, 2.29 ERA)
Save: Aroldis Chapman (22, 1.81 ERA)
- What went right:
- Gregory Polanco had another good game from the lead-off spot, going 2-4 with a walk.
- Jung Ho Kang just keeps hitting. He went 1-4 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.
- Neil Walker had a pretty solid ballgame, going 2-4 with two runs scored.
- Francisco Cervelli had a pinch-hit RBI in the ninth inning.
- What went wrong:
- Gerrit Cole continues to have trouble with the Reds. He didn’t have a particularly bad start, but the standards of an ace are different. He lasted only five innings, allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, and struck out eight.
- The Pirates struggled with a rookie pitcher again, as Iglesias went 6.2 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, and struck out five.
- Eugenio Suarez had a pretty big game, going 1-2 with three RBIs.
- Billy Hamilton did his usual thing against the Pirates, going 1-3 with two stolen bases.
Gerrit Cole continued to struggle against the Reds and the Pirates found themselves on the brink of a series loss. They turned to Ground Chuck to leave Cincinnati with a series split.
Next: Game Four: Charlie Morton vs. Keyvius Sampson