Reds 8, Pirates 1
Ken Griffey Jr. wanted an exact pitch count.
"What was it?"
"That's what I had," Griffey said. "I was in here charting."
Here are the other numbers on Matt Belisle's complete-game gem: 66 strikes, 0 walks, 30 batters faced, 23 first-pitch strikes, 5 strikeouts, three three-ball counts.
It was all over in the 2 hours and 25 minutes.
I talked to Belisle yesterday for a note I ended up not using because of the trade of Chris Denorfia. He said he was going to start this game like he finished his last start: Aggressively. He was from striking out the leadoff batter Chris Duffy on five pitches to the seven-pitch fourth to the 1-2-3 ninth.
“It was a great flow, a great rhythm,” Belisle said. “(Catcher David Ross) did a great job. We were rolling. One of those days. A lot fun.”
Jerry Narron: “He pitched about as well as you can. He’s the story tonight. He was just outstanding. He pounded the strike zone.”
Both Narron and Belisle credited Ross.
The Reds also had 13 hits. Jeff Conine was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.