Driving rain, a strong wind that made applying the infield tarp a struggle and incandescent flashes of lighting delayed the official conclusion of a game Wednesday night between the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. The wait was a formality. The game had been decided long before. Poor execution off the mound and in the field led to an 11-4 loss to the Reds at PNC Park after a delay of 1 hour, 15 minutes. The Reds scored seven runs in the third inning on the way to handing the Pirates their third loss in a row. Though neither video review had much of a bearing on the blowout, two separate crew chief reviews concerning Rule 7.13, the new provision governing collisions at home plate, brought the gray areas of the rule into stark relief. “Honestly, I don’t think there’s and adjustment to be made,” said Russell Martin, who saw his forceout at the plate overturned. “I think there’s an adjustment to the rule.” The Pirates’ problems began with Edinson Volquez, who needed 64 pitches to record seven outs and allowed eight runs on six hits. He walked three, hit one and threw two wild pitches, one that allowed a run to score and another that put a runner on third. That runner would later score on a sacrifice fly. “I had no feeling for the ball and was struggling with all my pitches,” said Volquez, who could tell warming up in the bullpen that he did not have his stuff. In addition to the wild pitches, a throw went to the wrong base and nobody fielded another throw, allowing a runner to advance. Twelve Reds batters used seven hits, a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch to score seven runs in the third, which also saw the beginning of the replay theatrics. Rule 7.13, adopted in spring training in an effort to reduce violent collisions between catchers and baserunners, prohibits the catcher from blocking the runner’s path to the plate unless he has the ball and the runner from intentionally bowling over a catcher in an attempt to dislodge the ball.
Reds pound Pirates, 11-4, in rain-delayed game
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Jun 19