Paul Skenes secures his fourth consecutive win, guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds

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Paul Skenes pitches in the first inning

Rookie Paul Skenes threw six innings allowing just one run to secure his fourth consecutive win, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Skenes (4-0) gave up six hits while striking out seven and walking one, lowering his ERA to 2.29 for the season. The 22-year-old right-hander has been impressive with 53 strikeouts and only seven walks in 39 1/3 innings, and the Pirates have won six of the seven games he’s started.

Skenes consistently reached speeds of 100 mph with his pitches, throwing 65 pitches at that velocity or higher. According to MLB Statcast, this is the second most in the majors, behind only José Soriano of the Los Angeles Angels with 36.

Despite not having his best fastball on Monday night, Skenes was pleased with his ability to mix up his pitches effectively.

“It was about using all five of my pitches,” Skenes explained. “There have been games like this before in pro ball and college where I’ve had to adjust. It was satisfying to work through six innings that way.”

Since his major league debut on May 11, Skenes has lived up to expectations.

Oneil Cruz moves to the dugout after scoring in the first inning

“I think it shows his maturity,” remarked Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “He stays composed under pressure, which is crucial for a starting pitcher.”

Facing Cincinnati for the first time, Skenes made adjustments that impressed Reds manager David Bell.

“Initially, we prepared for his fastball, which we handled well in the first inning,” Bell acknowledged. “But he adjusted, used his other pitches effectively, and gave us a tough challenge. He’s quite impressive.”

David Bednar closed the game with a perfect ninth inning, securing his 15th save in 18 opportunities. He has now converted 14 consecutive saves after struggling early in the season.

Following a rain delay at the start of the game, Spencer Steer hit an RBI double in the first inning for the Pirates. Bryan Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a pair of doubles during the game.


By Michael Smith

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