Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Maybe it's good this one got suspended. Gave everybody a chance to dry off a bit, catch their breath and let those unbelievable numbers start to sink in.

Ten homers in only six innings. Three sets of back-to-back homers, tying a record. The most combined homers in a major league game since 2006.

And the Pirates and Reds still have a long way to go.

Neil Walker and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back homers twice, and the Pirates and Reds hit 10 in all before rain forced a suspension after six innings with the score tied 7-all Monday night.

"I saw a lot of crazy stuff in Coors Field over the years," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who managed in Colorado for eight years. "I spent a lot of years there, saw a lot of homers, saw a lot of weather.

"This was as good as any of that, jammed into one evening."

The shocking slugfest will resume on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the top of the seventh inning. Conditions are expected to be drier but much colder.

Not that the weather seems to matter much when these two rivals get together.

"I've never seen anything like that," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "The way we got started, one team going in front of the other with home runs. I've seen a lot of home runs hit, but not in those conditions. You wouldn't imagine they would carry that far."

Pittsburgh hit six solo shots and Cincinnati had four homers, most of them into a heavy rain. Already, it's the most homers in a major league game since 2006 and the most combined homers for a game in Great American Ball Park's 12-year history.

Pittsburgh had three sets of back-to-back homers, only the third time that's happened in major league history.

The game was suspended following a 1-hour, 38-minute delay, the second time in less than a year that a game was suspended in Cincinnati. The Reds and Phillies were scoreless last April 16 in the middle of the ninth inning when play was halted because of rain, and Cincinnati won 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth the following day.

The Ohio River rivals were known more for trading hit-by-pitches last season. The Pirates and Reds plunked each other 28 times — most in the majors — while nailing down the two NL wild-card spots.

Their first matchup of 2014 was more swing-away than get-out-of-the-way. Ten of the 17 combined hits so far have cleared the wall. All but one of the 14 runs has come on a homer.

"It wouldn't be a Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game without some drama," Walker said.



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