Kang’s grand slam powers Pirates to a road victory over Reds

His grand slam was the Pirates’ first since Ike Davis homered off the Reds’ Mike Leake at PNC Park on April 21, 2014.

Through five frames Wednesday, Reds starter Keyvius Sampson hardly resembled the rookie right-hander who stumbled through his last four outings, allowing 18 runs and 30 hits in 14 innings. He didn’t give up a second hit until Neil Walker’s leadoff single in the fifth.

Sampson seemingly hadn’t gotten the memo about Kang, who entered the game with a .400 batting average and a .682 slugging percentage against four-seamers this year, according to Brooks Baseball.

Unlike his 14th homer of the season, which landed in the second deck of the ballpark’s left-field stands during the eighth inning and extended an already commanding lead for the Pirates on Tuesday, Kang’s 15th blast found its way to the left-field bleachers with a faster, lower trajectory, and it broke open a tight ballgame.

Kang’s homered on back-to-back nights for the second time this season the other instance came July 28-29 at Minnesota. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

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Kang’s second home run in as many nights, combined with another fine outing from left-hander J.A.

Sampson’s unraveling began with a single by Polanco to start the sixth.

Four consecutive four-seam fastballs moved the count to 2-2. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can.

Kang briefly put his hands atop his skull for protection, but resistance proved futile.

In his last six starts, Happ has given up a combined four runs. Then Starling Marte threw his hands atop Kang’s head and made a mess of the slugger’s well-maintained hair. 27-29, 2013.

Except for a solo home run surrendered to Todd Frazier in the second inning, Happ kept the Reds befuddled for six innings.

The Pirates won a series in Cincinnati for the first time since Sept. He allowed just three hits and two runs. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

CINCINNATI Gerrit Cole grabbed the batting helmet off Jung Ho Kang’s head as the Korean star, responsible for a grand slam moments earlier, moved through the Pirates dugout receiving adulation from teammates in the sixth inning Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. I’m so happy for him because of how he’s doing, how he’s learning the game.

We were kind of waiting for a big hit, Happ said.

We’ve been doing this after the guy homers, Marte said of the post-grand slam dugout antics.

A rough eighth inning for Tony Watson, who allowed three runs and three hits, tamped the Pirates’ joy and brought hope of a rally for the Reds. McCutchen walked, and Aramis Ramirez singled to load the bases for Kang. I feel like everybody was into that moment, into that at-bat, and off the bat, I think a lot of guys knew he’d put the right swing on it. To avoid distracting other readers, we won’t publish comments that suggest a correction. It took probably all of four days to kind of feel pretty comfortable with the group of guys here. Their deficit behind the NL Central-leading St.

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They’ve really been welcoming from the get go, Happ said of his time with the Pirates.

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