Spencer Steer's second career homer could not have come at a more opportune time. His eighth-inning blast versus the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday allowed the Cincinnati Reds (60-93) to salvage the final game of the four-game set at Great American Ball Park against the Brew Crew.
Runs were hard to come by over the weekend for the Redlegs as they managed to dent the plate just eight times versus an excellent Milwaukee pitching staff. Unfortunately, scoring runs has turned into a major obstacle for the Cincinnati offense.
Over their past 11 contests, the Reds have scored more than four runs in a game only twice. Mired in a 4-7 skid, Cincinnati has been outscored 41-28 facing the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and the aforementioned Brewers.
Can Stuart Fairchild and the Reds right the ship vs. the Pirates?
Needless to say, don't expect either the Cincinnati Reds or the Pittsburgh Pirates (56-97) to light up the scoreboard at PNC Park this week. The Pirates ranks last in the National League in runs while the Reds place 11th among all senior circuit clubs. Additionally, the Bucs' offense ranks in the NL basement in batting average and on-base percentage.
Revenge should squarely be on Cincinnati's mind as they visit the Steel City and look to rebound following an embarrassing four-game sweep to the Pirates at GABP earlier this month. It was Pittsburgh's first four-game sweep against the Reds in the Queen City since July of 1991.
However, since leaving GABP, the Pirates have dropped 10 of 11 and are destined to post their second consecutive 100-loss campaign. Barring a sweep of the Pirates, the Reds will drop the season series to the Bucs for the first time since the 2019 campaign.