There's been plenty of bad blood between the Pirates and Reds this season. And one result of it may have something to do with Brandon Phillips' recent struggles.
Since being plunked with a Tony Watson fastball on the forearm on June 1, Phillips is 10-for-56 (.179) in 13 games. He missed four with an injury resulting from the pitch and still has a welt on his arm.
But Phillips may have gotten the bounce he needed when he hit a walk-off single on a chopper up the middle Wednesday in the Reds' 2-1, 13-inning win. He'll look for continued success Thursday in the final game of Cincinnati's four-game set against the Pirates.
"If I'm on the field, I have to do my job," said Phillips, who leads National League second basemen in All-Star votes. "I'll be alright. I will be back to normal. Ever since I got hit, I haven't been doing [anything]. It stinks though. I'll find a way to get it going."
Homer Bailey will try to get back on track himself after being roughed up for six runs and eight hits in seven innings Saturday against Milwaukee. He's 4-5 on the season with a 3.80 ERA and a 3.78 K/BB ratio.
Brandon Cumpton will get the ball for Pittsburgh and make his second career start. He allowed seven hits and three runs in five-plus innings in a 5-3, extra-inning loss to the Dodgers on Saturday. Cumpton fanned five of the first six batters he faced, but was chased in the sixth, when he gave up three hits.
"I wanted to at least get through the sixth and turn it over to the bullpen," Cumpton said. "I ran into a couple of counts where I fell behind, which didn't help me out, and they were sitting more on the fastball. I left a couple of bad pitches up, and they put them into play."
Pirates: Zagurski opts for free agency
• After being designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the roster for Cumpton, reliever Mike Zagurski has opted for free agency.
Zagurski joined the Pirates in late May after spending the first part of the season with Triple-A Indianapolis. He allowed 10 earned runs, 10 hits and eight walks in six innings for Pittsburgh.
Two appearances really derailed his statistics --- he gave up five runs in one inning on June 13 against the Giants and four runs in 1 2/3 innings on May 31 against the Reds.
Reds: Bats quiet on consecutive nights
• Phillips, who has 59 RBIs on the season, is a key part of a Reds offense that has gone silent in the last few days. They were shut out by Pittsburgh on Tuesday and on Saturday by Milwaukee. Before that 6-0 loss to the Brewers, Cincinnati hadn't been blanked at Great American Ball Park since August 2011.
They scored just two runs Wednesday, the first on a solo home run in the ninth by Jay Bruce and the other on Phillips' walk-off single.
• Bailey is 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 12 career starts against the Pirates. He has three complete games and two shutouts against Pittsburgh, as well.
• Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has reached base safely in each of his last 18 games at Great American Ball Park. He went 0-for-3 Wednesday, but walked in the 10th inning.
• Pirates closer Jason Grilli blew his first save of the season Wednesday after converting 25 straight opportunities to start the year.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.