Chase d’Arnaud led the Pirates to their 50th win of the season with sparkling defense and aggressive baserunning, and four Pirates pitchers combined to shut out the Reds by a score of 2-0. The Pirates now sit alone atop the National League Central, a half-game ahead of the Brewers and Cardinals after Milwaukee’s loss in Arizona.
Starting pitcher Charlie Morton labored through the first inning, throwing 14 balls among his 32 total pitches. With runners at the corners and nobody out, he induced a weak comebacker from Joey Votto and struck out Brandon Phillips. After an intentional walk to Jay Bruce, Morton was one strike away from escaping the jam when Mother Nature struck. Blinding lightning and booming thunder interrupted the electrifying moment, sending players and umpires scurryin...
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