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Bucs Split; Pirates Win Suspended Game, Lose Tuesday Contest To Reds’ Pitcher Mike Leake’s Hitting Skills

April 16, 2014

Andrew McCutchen doubled for the Pittsburgh Pirates and scored on a single by Russell Martin to break a 7-7 tie in the first inning (7th overall) of a game suspended by rain after six innings on Monday and resumed on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The 8-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds came in the completion of a game that had seen ten home runs popped in the first six innings, including six by Pittsburgh (see previous story).  The Pirates, though dropped the regularly scheduled game by a 7-5 score as Reds starter Mike Leake homered, doubled, drove home a pair of runs and scored twice.

Bryan Morris (2-0), who didn’t even play Tuesday, earned the win in the completion of the suspended game, having been the last Pirates pitcher who had worked during the Monday session.  Sam LeCure (0-1) took the loss.  Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez both homered twice, and Walker and McCutchen both recorded three hits.  Todd Frazier tallied two hits, including a homer for Cincinnati.

In Tuesday’s scheduled contest, Leake led a 15-hit Cincinnati attack with his 58th and 59th career hits, including his third home run, in his 12th career multi-hit game.  Frazier homered again, Joey Votto went 4-for-4 and Devin Mesoraco recorded three hits and two RBI’s.

Walker homered again for the Pirates, and finished with two hits and two RBI’s, while Sanchez went 2-for-4.

Leake (2-1) earned the win, and Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season.  Leake worked six-and-two-thirds innings, and allowed three runs and five hits, while striking out eight Pirates batters and walking only one.  In six innings, Cole surrendered five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

In the rubber game of a three-game series in Cincinnati, and the final contest of a nine-game road trip for the Bucs, Pittsburgh plans to start Francisco Liriano against old Pirates nemesis Johnny Cueto.  Both pitchers are 0-2.  Scheduled game time is 12:35 PM.

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