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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 28th 2022

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have the visiting Cincinnati Reds somewhat on the ropes going into the final meeting of a three-game series on Wednesday in what will be the final time both teams see each other this season.

Pittsburgh (58-97) will be going for a series sweep and a seventh straight win against Cincinnati (60-95). The Pirates will also try to move a step closer to passing the Reds in the National League Central standings as they try to claw their way out of the basement of the division.

Pittsburgh won the opener 8-3 before winning 4-1 on Tuesday to at least clinch the series.



"It's tough to come in here and lose the series against the Pirates," Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer said. "I think it's a series we should have won."

Things have been going well for the Pirates lately, and they also have an important arm in their bullpen back in action.

All-Star closer David Bednar had been used twice in non-leverage situations since coming off the injured list before going in for the ninth against the Reds on Tuesday. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his 18th save of the season, and his first since July 23.

"It's good to be back," Bednar told AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. "It was a nice little buildup back to the closer role."

The Reds will be monitoring promising rookie outfielder Mike Siani, who left in the eighth inning Tuesday after slamming into the ground while attempting to make a diving catch. He had no concussion symptoms, according to the team.

Cincinnati right-hander Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.78 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Bryse Wilson (3-9, 5.95) in the series finale on Wednesday.

Cessa will be making his 200th career appearance and 28th start. He was moved to the starting rotation because of injuries to typical Reds starters.

In his most recent outing, Cessa took a loss against the Milwaukee Brewers. He gave up three runs (two earned) and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, with three strikeouts and four walks.

Still, Cessa could be in consideration for a starting role next season. It's unclear how much Wednesday's game could figure into that, but Reds manager David Bell has endorsed him.

"He's actually made it look easier than I know it is to go from strictly a reliever for a few years now, and really did a nice job of changing everything in his routine," Bell said. "He was open to it. He's made the most of the opportunity. He's done as well as you could expect and really, better."

Cessa is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in eight career appearances (one start) against the Pirates.

Wilson has lost three of his past four decisions. He's coming off a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs, though, where he allowed two runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

In four career starts against the Reds, Wilson is 1-2 with a 3.55 ERA. Three of those outings have come this year, and he's gone at least 5 2/3 innings in all of them en route to a 1-1 record.

--Field Level Media

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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Recap SEP 28TH 2022

Kevin Newman's two-out RBI single in the 10th inning Wednesday gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 win and a three-game sweep over the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

After the Reds scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie it, the Pirates faced Alexis Diaz (6-3) in the 10th. Pinch-runner Rodolfo Castro opened at second, and Cincinnati intentionally walked Ben Gamel. Ke'Bryan Hayes struck out and Jack Suwinski was out on a pop foul before Newman singled to shallow center to drive in Castro.

That gave Newman a 10-game hitting streak and five career walk-off hits.

Oneil Cruz hit a two-run double and Miguel Andujar added an RBI double for the Pirates (59-97).

Pittsburgh starter Bryse Wilson pitched eight scoreless innings. He gave up three hits and a walk, with six strikeouts.

Yohan Ramirez (3-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning,

Kyle Farmer and Jake Fraley homered, and Jose Barrero was 3 for 4 with the only hits off Wilson for the Reds (60-96).

Cincinnati starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and two walks.

In the first, Cruz singled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A groundout by Bryan Reynolds got Cruz to third. Andujar, in his third game since being claimed by Pittsburgh off waivers from the New York Yankees, doubled to left-center to drive in Cruz for a 1-0 Pirates lead.

The Pirates scored two more in the second. Cal Mitchell led off with a single to right. After Newman popped out in foul territory, Jose Godoy picked up his first hit of the season, a single to right, moving Mitchell to second. Ji Hwan Bae walked to load the bases. Cruz followed with a two-run double off the wall in right to make it 3-0.

In the ninth against reliever Chase De Jong, Spencer Steer singled to left before Farmer hit his 14th homer, to left, to close it to 3-2. Fraley followed with his 11th homer, to right, to tie it.

--Field Level Media

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