An early season matchup between a pair of 23-year-olds whose development could have a significant impact on their team’s respective seasons never materialized.
Finnegan dominated while pitching seven innings of one-hit ball in a victory over Philadelphia last week, walking one and striking out nine. His crispness deserted him against the Pirates as the 23-year-old walked five and left in the top of the third after loading the bases then walking in a run when his 3-2 pitch to Francisco Cervelli missed the strike zone.
Lorenzen came in and shut the door immediately, getting Josh Bell to fly to center, Adam Frazier to hit into a force out at the plate and striking out Pittsburgh reliever Wade LeBlanc to preserve a 5-1 lead.
It’s an advantage the Reds didn’t have to do much to create, instead just watching as Glasnow fought a losing battle with his command. Glasnow earned a call up last summer after dominating at Triple-A but struggled in seven appearances, losing his only two decisions and walking 13 in 23 1/3 innings.
Glasnow spent the offseason trying to refine his stuff and become more adept at holding runners on base. He didn’t take a step forward in either department in his 2017 debut.
Hamilton led off the first with a single then stole second and moved to third on a pop fly. Four consecutive walks followed, all of them on 3-2 counts. By the time Tucker Barnhart grounded out to first, the Reds were up 3-0. Things got no better for Glasnow in the second. Hamilton and Jose Peraza singled with one out, moved up a base on a double steal and scored on a two-run single by Adam Duvall.
• Zach Cozart was scratched an hour before first pitch due to a sore wrist. Jose Peraza filled in.
• Rookie Davis makes the second start of his career. The 23-year-old lasted just three innings in his major league debut last week against Philadelphia.
Pirates: Jameson Taillon makes his second start of the season. The 25-year-old pitched seven shutout innings last week against Boston.