Finishing Game 1?
There are still at least three innings to play to complete Monday’s suspended game that is currently locked up at 7-7 between the Reds and Pirates.
Neither side has revealed who will be pitching when the game resumes at 5:33 p.m. ET. At the moment, the Reds’ J.J. Hoover is the pitcher for the Reds from last night and he was due to face Travis Snider to begin the top of the seventh inning.
Of course, there is a full second game to come about 30-40 minutes following the conclusion of the resumed game. How that might affect the Reds’ bullpen remains to be seen. Would manager Bryan Price avoid using relievers in both Game 1 and Game 2?
“I wouldn’t say that,” Price said “I’d rather not talk strategy in front of this game. But we are aware were going to play two games and it’s going to be a bullpen game. Homer is out of the game. We know Wandy isn’t going to pitch. You know it’s a bullpen game in the first one. The second game, you’re going to want to fortify your starter with a solid bullpen. It may affect how you matchup. It’s different if one of the two teams is up, 10-7, instead of it being 7-7. Maybe you do more situational pitching because you really go after that game where you have the lead. We’ll see. Right now it’s a tie game. As many guys as you use in game 1, based on what guys are capable of doing and what the managers are comfortable doing with their relief pitchers, will dictate who is available in game 2.”
Items of note:
*According to STATS Inc, the game that’s still in progress featured three sets of back-to-back homers by the same team for only the third time in MLB history. The 2014 Pirates are joined by the Reds on 8/18/56 when Ted Kulszewski and Wally Post, Bob Thurman and Kluszewski and Frank Robinson and Thurman did it vs. the Braves. It was also done by the Red Sox on 6/17/77 vs. the Yankees.
*The is the first suspended game for the Reds since almost one year ago exactly — on April 16-17, 2013, when the Reds nabbed a 1-0 win over the Phillies following a suspension after 8 1/2 innings. It took only nine minutes for that game to be completed when Jay Bruce hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.