Pirates 9, Reds 1
Fogg threw his first major league complete game, and Craig Wilson homered twice and tied his career high with four RBIs as the Pirates beat the Reds 9-1 on Monday night.
Fogg (9-8) gave up 10 hits and no walks while striking out nine—one shy of his career high—to improve to 3-0 in his career—all this season—against the Reds.
The Pirates improved to 6-0 this season at Great American Ball Park and, dating to last season, have won seven in a row in Cincinnati for the first time since May 31-Sept. 26, 1937.
“For some reason, we swing the bats well here,” Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon said.
“You can’t really explain it,” Wilson said.
The complete game was the second in a row for Pittsburgh. Kip Wells went the distance in a 2-1 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. Fogg threw 113 pitches, 80 of them strikes.
“Finally,” said Fogg, who fell two outs short of a complete game in a 12-9 Pirates win at Tampa Bay on June 14. “It took a little while. It was good to get one finally.
“I threw a lot of strikes, and I was able to move my cutter in and out— front door to right-handers, back door to left-handers—and the defense played great. Winning 9-1 makes it easier, too.”
Wilson had three hits as the Pirates scored nine runs, which matched their highest scoring output in any of their last 18 games.
John Bale (1-2) allowed six hits, but three were home runs. He walked one and struck out three.
Bale left without comment after the game.
Wilson led off the second with his 13th homer—and second in four games— to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead. But Bale retired the next 11 in a row, and 12 of the next 13.
Fogg allowed one hit and, with the help of a double play, faced the minimum nine batters while throwing 20 pitches through the first three innings. He gave up back-to-back singles by Ray Olmedo and Juan Castro to open the fourth, but Sean Casey lined into a double play as Olmedo got caught off second base and Russell Branyan flied out to end the inning.
The Reds used three consecutive one-out hits to snap a 17-inning scoreless streak and tie it in the fifth.
Eric Valent singled and moved to third on Jason LaRue’s single down the left-field line. Wily Mo Pena, who made his eighth consecutive start and batted .350 on Cincinnati’s last road trip, drove in Valent with a double to make it 1-1.
“Feast or famine—that’s probably the best way to put it,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “We had some doubles. Wily Mo’s swinging it well. That’s a definite bright spot.”
The Pirates regained the lead with a four-run sixth. Jeff Reboulet hit a leadoff single, Tike Redman doubled and Jason Kendall had a sacrifice fly to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. After Redman was out at the plate on Reggie Sanders’ groundout, Wilson hit his second homer of the game as the Pirates went up 4-1. Rookie Jason Bay followed with his second homer of the season.
Both of Wilson’s homers came with two strikes. He credited a suggestion by McClendon with helping him.
“The only thing I’ve changed is I spread my feet a little more,” he said. “I’m just trying to hit the ball hard. If I strike out, I strike out. It gives me a little more balance up there.”
“His two-strike approach was good,” McClendon said. “He’s battled all year, and he had some good at-bats tonight.”
Pittsburgh added three runs in the seventh against rookie Juan Cerros.
Jack Wilson led off with a single. Cerros struck out the next two, but walked Redman and hit Kendall with a pitch to load the bases. Sanders then hita broken-bat, two-run single, and Wilson followed with a run-scoring single.
McClendon needs one win to become the 12th manager in Pirates history to win 200 games. He is 199-266 in three seasons. … Reds RHP Danny Graves and Paul Wilson have been shut down for the rest of the season with inflammation in their shoulders. … Cerros became the 57th player and 30th pitcher used by the Reds this season, extending club records in both categories. … He also became the 13th player to make his major league debut with Cincinnati this season. … Cerros and catcher Corky Miller joined the Reds from Triple-A Louisville Monday. … Wilson’s multihomer game was his second of the season, and third ofhis career.