Reds, Pirates combine for 10 homers in game suspended after six innings (video)
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates combined to set a Great American Ball Park record on Monday by smacking 10 home runs. To make the impressive display of power even more impressive is the teams accomplished the remarkable feat in a game suspended due to inclement weather.
By the time the game was suspended in the sixth inning due to a heavy downpour, the Pirates hit three sets of back-to-back home runs while the hometown Reds countered with four.
In the second inning, Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers off Reds starter Homer (ha!) Bailey. The duo duplicated the back-to-back home run bit again in the sixth inning, smacking consecutive round-trippers off reliever J.J. Hoover. Starling Marte and Travis Snider (who also was drilled in the face while trying to field a popup) completed the back-to-back trifecta in the fifth inning when Bailey was still in the game.
For the Reds, Todd Frazier, Ryan Ludwick and Joey Votto all hit two-run bombs off Wandy Rodriguez and Devin Mesoraco hit a home run off reliever Bryan Morris in the sixth to knot the game up at seven runs apiece. Thirteen of the fourteen runs scored came on homers.
If it wasn’t dramatic or exciting enough already with all the balls rocketing out of the ball park, the game also featured six lead changes before the rain finally caused the umps to suspend the game with the plan to resume at 5:30 ET on Tuesday.
Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey, manager Bryan Price and outfielder Ryan Ludwick weighed in on how the balls were flying out of the stadium after play was suspended.
It seemed like everything they hit went out — anything up in the air left the yard,” Bailey said, via USA Today. “Don’t get me wrong, there were a few of them that were just terrible pitches that they hit really good. Some of them were … you have 10 home runs in one night, I don’t think it’s just bad pitching. I didn’t walk anybody, I punched out nine over five innings. It’s one of those tough ones to look at as what all did I do wrong, there were a lot of things we did right. It was just a weird night.”
“I’ve seen a lot of home run hits,” Price said. “I just haven’t seen them hit like that in those conditions, especially here in Cincinnati. You figure it would be heavy air. It’s raining. You just wouldn’t imagine the ball would carry like it did.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ludwick added. “Never. The ball was definitely carrying, but I don’t think there were many cheap home runs. A lot of the balls that were hit were hit hard. Weird night. This team’s had some adversity early in the season, but I think adversity builds character. Coming in tomorrow were going to have a chance to get two wins.”