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Reds lose in walk off style to open the series at Milwaukee

Mike McGinnis

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

With Mat Latos being a late scratch due to injury, tonight was Daniel Corcino’s first ever MLB start, and he rose to the occasion in fine fashion. He pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on just two hits, one walk and four strikeouts. He even added his first career hit, a single in his first ever major league at bat, to the cause. Congratulations, Daniel.

Honorable mentions are due to Kristopher Negron for his first inning home run and eighth inning double, and to Zack Cozart for reaching base three times on a hit and two walks.  Also a tip of the hat is also due to Logan Ondrusek for striking out three Brewers after a Jay Bruce misplay put Ryan Braun on second base to lead off the seventh inning.

Key Plays

  • The Reds wasted no time getting the scoring started. In the top of the first inning, after a quick out by Billy Hamilton, Kristopher Negron hit his fifth season/career home run to dead center field to give the Reds an early 1-0 lead.

  • Daniel Corcino did an excellent job keeping the Brewers off the basepaths the first time through the lineup. In the fourth inning, however, leadoff batter Carlos Gomez reached on third strike that got past Brayan Pena and advanced to second on Pena’s throwing error on the same play. He later scored on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI single, the first hit Corcino allowed in the game. Lucroy then advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on Ryan Braun’s RBI single. Brewers lead 2-1.

  • The game remained a pitcher’s duel until the top of the seventh, when Jay Bruce led off with a single and Brandon Phillips followed with a walk. After both runners advanced on a Chris Heisey fly ball to deep center, Pena hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Bruce to tie the game at 2-2.

  • In the bottom of the ninth with Jumbo Diaz pitching, Billy Hamilton came within inches of making an incredible catch. Instead, Lucroy led the inning off with a double to center. Lucroy advanced to third on a groundout by Aramis Ramirez, and after intentional walks to Braun and Gerardo Parra, Lyle Overbay singled to score Lucroy and give the Breweres a walk-off 3-2 win.

Fangraph:

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Other Notes:

  • Per John Fay, with his steal of second base in the first inning, Todd Frazier became the third Reds third baseman to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. He follows Aaron Boone who did it in 2002, and Chris Sabo who did it in 1990.

  • Tonight’s game was the first time the Reds faced Jonathan Broxton since 2010.
  • Jack Hannahan was ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes after his pinch hit at bat in the top of the ninth inning. Not that it mattered.

  • Pitching wins don't matter and all that, but the Reds bullpen still has not earned a win since the All Star Break.  That was kind of a long time ago.
  • TUNE