Reds Lose to Pirates Despite Allowing Zero Hits
In a season of misery, the Reds can’t have good things.
Cincinnati lost to the Pirates on Sunday, which is far from a notable development in a year when the Reds have lost 26 times in their first 35 games. It’s the way they lost this one that will be most remembered. Cincinnati made history by not allowing a hit in a game they won. The official no-hitter won’t be counted as such, as the Reds were only on defense for eight innings as the road team.
Pittsburgh won the game, 1-0. This was after Ke’Bryan Hayes’ RBI groundout gave them the lead in the eighth inning. After six baserunners reached base by walking, the Pirates were shut down by Hunter Greene, a Reds rookie who had the best game of his young career. He struck out nine batters with five walks in 7 1/3 innings on 118 pitches–and was saddled with the loss.
The Pirates became the first team since the Dodgers to win a game without recording a hit, a feat Los Angeles pulled off on June 28, 2008. It’s only happened six times since 1901, according to MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, and just once in the past 30 years.
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The Reds are set to lose a ton of games this season, and most of them will blend together in a familiar haze of ineptitude. Sunday’s loss was an exception. They’re currently on pace to lose 120 times this season, but here’s betting that they won’t have one quite like today’s for a long, long time.
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