Pirates Lose in Extra Innings to Reds 2-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost in the bottom of the 13th inning last night versus the division-rival Cincinnati Reds.

Played at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Second Basemen Brandon Phillips hit a bases-loaded single off Pirates’ Relief Pitcher Vin Mazarro with one out in the bottom half of the 13th inning to score Outfielder Derrick Robinson and end the contest.

The game lasted more than four hours and made fans think back to 19th inning losses the Pirates have played in the past two seasons – both of which some think have had negative effects on their effort for a winning season after 20 years.

The Pirates were leading the game 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th inning before Cincinnati Outfielder Jay Bruce hit a home run off Pirates Closer Jason Grilli. Grilli had been perfect in save opportunities during the first three months of the season, 25-for-25.

Both teams are jostling for second place in the National League Central Division and are separated by only a game-and-a-half in the standings.

Pittsburgh will look to even the four-game series in Cincinnati at 12:35PM today.