The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jack Hannahan got a rare start for the Cincinnati Reds tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he made the most of it. The utility man - who had gone 1 for 5 with an RBI in his career off Kyle Lohse - didn't disappoint manager Bryan Price, smacking a pair of singles that served as the only hits the lineup produced all evening.
In fact, nobody else even took a walk, because eww, walks.
Hannahan inched his season batting average to a near-Brucian .196 in the process, which makes me want to cry in more ways than one. Keep in mind that before tonight, Hannahan had fewer hits in 2014 than Johnny Cueto. Starting 1B, indeed.
Honorable Mentions are due to: J.J. Hoover, who tossed a scoreless 1.2 innings in early relief of Daniel Corcino (which included pitching out of a bases loaded jam); and Sam LeCure, who also kept the Brewers off the scoreboard in his lone inning of work (which lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.44).
- Corcino hummed along quite nicely through the first three innings before an Aramis Ramirez double with one out in the Top of the 4th started the unraveling. Ramirez scored two batters later on a single from Rickie Weeks, who was then fortunately thrown out at 2B trying to stretch his hit into a double. Reds trailed, 1-0.
- The young Reds righty then ran into one of his worrisome bouts of wildness in the Top of the 5th, and it cost him the opportunity to pitch any deeper on the evening. A one out walk to Jean Segura began things, and the Brewers SS made it to both 2B and then 3B on consecutive wild pitches by Corcino. Cuetinho then walked the opposing pitcher before a double from Gomez tacked on another run and a subsequent walk to Ryan Braun* chased the Reds starter to the showers. Hoover was brought in and got a liner and strikeout to end that threat, however that left the Reds down, 2-0.
- The Reds offense went back to doing a heaping pile of nothing, and the Brewers played pile on when Ryan Dennick was brought in to pick the Top of the 7th. Dennick walked back to back Brewers to start the inning, and both eventually scored on a Segura double two batters later. Lohse chipped in with a sac fly for run number 5, and both teams went quickly after that. Reds lose, 5-0.
- That was a snoozer. Golly day.
- One Reds baserunner made it to second base all night. Rad.
- David Holmberg will take the mound tomorrow opposite Yovani Gallardo in the final game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 ET.
- As of 11 PM, the Brewers victory has them still mathematically alive for the 2nd Wild Card spot. If the San Francisco Giants manage a victory in their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, though, they'll be eliminated for good.