A four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Derek Dietrich in his first career Reds at-bat helped lift the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3, on Opening Day Thursday at Great American Ball Park.
There were 44,049 fans in attendance, the most ever for a regular-season game in GABP history.
9th inning, Reds lead 5-3: Corey Dickerson hit a solo home run in the eight to get a run back for the Pirates, but Reds closer Raisel Iglesias is on to try and close this one out for the Reds.
7th inning, Reds lead 5-2: Second baseman José Peraza hit the first Reds home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field to this game, 2-2, in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Tucker Barnhart followed Peraza with a walk and shortstop Jose Iglesias ripped a double down the third-base line to give the Reds runners at second and third with no outs.
The Pirates pulled starter Jameson Taillon after Iglesias’ hit and brought in Richard Rodriguez.
The pitching move didn’t help, though. Pinch hitter Derek Dietrich, making his first career Reds at-bat, smacked a three-run home run to give the Reds a 5-2 lead in a four-run seventh.
6th inning, 2-1 Pirates: Luis Castillo exited after allowing a two-out single to Josh Bell on his 91st pitch of the afternoon. Reliever Jared Hughes followed Castillo and lost the lead, surrendering back-to-back singles and a four-pitch walk. Both runs scored on a single from Jung Ho Kang.
Castillo gave up two hits and three walks while striking out eight.
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5th inning, 1-0 Reds: It was a 1-2-3 inning for both sides. The Reds have one hit since José Iglesias’ RBI double in the second inning.
4th inning, 1-0 Reds: Castillo struck out the side, sandwiched around a two-out walk he issued to Kang. He has six strikeouts and three walks.
3rd inning, 1-0 Reds: The Pirates had two runners on base through a single and a walk, but Luis Castillo stranded them with a pair of flyouts. He’s thrown 38 pitches through three scoreless innings.
2nd inning, 1-0 Reds: The Reds took their first lead of the 2019 season when shortstop José Iglesias hit an RBI double off the left-field wall to score José Peraza.
Castillo pitched a 1-2-3 top of the second inning, which included one swinging strikeout.
1st inning: Not including a two-out walk issued to Corey Dickerson, it was a smooth start for Reds starter Castillo. He induced a groundout to first base on the first pitch of the season at 4:11 p.m., then struck out two batters with his devastating change-up.
Joey Votto produced the first hit of the Reds’ season, smacking a double into the right-center gap. He was stranded at second when Yasiel Puig struck out in his first at-bat with his new team and Eugenio Suárez hit a pop-up to the shortstop.
Pre-game: After a busy early afternoon at Great American Ball Park, the Reds completed their introductions, tributes to Frank Robinson, Chuck Harmon and others who died in the offseason and were a part of the organization, and the national anthem.
Puig received loud cheers with his name shouted by the sold-out crowd, “Puiiigg!” Votto probably had the loudest ovation, entering his 13th Major League season.