The Reds were shutout for the 17th time in 2014 on Wednesday night.  Daniel Corinco got off to a strong start for the Reds, but was unable to get out of the 5th inning. Kyle Lohse dominated the Reds offense, pitching a complete game shutout in his final start of 2014.

Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (73-85) 0 2 1
 Milwaukee Brewers (81-77) 5 6 0
W: Lohse (13-9) L: Corcino (0-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Photos | Game Thread

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Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Carlos Gomez RBI double in the 5th inning off Daniel Corcino, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead. The Brewers then had runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 11.0% (from 27.0% to 16.0%).

Other important plays (+/- indicates how much each play increased or decreased the Reds chances of winning):

  • +5.2%: 5th inning – Hoover got Lucroy to fly out. Bases loaded, 2 outs.
  • +4.9%: 5th inning – Hoover struck out Ramirez to end the inning. Brewers leave the bases loaded.
  • -11.4%: 4th inning – Weeks RBI single off Corcino. Brewers lead 1-0.
  • -8.0%: 8th inning – Segura’s RBI double off Dennick. Brewers lead 4-0. Runners 1st & 2nd, 1 out.
  • -5.2%: 4th inning – Ramirez doubled with 1 out.

Player of the Game

Kyle Lohse: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1.79 FIP, 0.42 WPA

Positives

J.J. Hoover came into the game in the 5th inning with 1 out, and the bases loaded. Hoover got Lucroy to fly out (no sac fly), and struck out Ramirez to end the inning. If you thought Hoover hadn’t done all that well in bases loaded situations this year, you would be right. Hoover entered tonight allowing 10 total runs in 10 bases loaded situations this season.

Another day, another incredible play by Billy Hamilton. I mean seriously, how incredible is this guy defensively? My mind can’t even fathom that Hamilton played his FIRST PROFESSIONAL GAME IN CF IN APRIL OF 2013. The reaction by Daniel Corcino was pretty awesome too. It sure doesn’t look like these two guys have mailed in the rest of this season.

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Negatives

The Reds offense was shutout for the 17th time in 2014. That is the most times the Reds have been shutout in a season since 1943.

The Brewers walked 10 times tonight, while the Reds didn’t walk once. That is not good.

From our good friend Joel Luckhaupt: “17 games with 3 or fewer hits for Reds hitters this season, extending the franchise most since at least 1914. Next closest: 13 – 1967, 1984.”

Ryan Dennick had a bad night. He allowed 3 ER on 1 H and 2 BB in the 8th inning. Dennick’s ERA jumped to 13.50, but he still has a way to go to catch Trevor Bell, and his 67.50 ERA in 2014.

Unfortunately, after Billy Hamilton made that amazing catch above, he left the game with a mild concussion in the following inning.

Not so random thoughts…..

Daniel Corcino pitched very well through the first three innings. He allowed a run in the fourth inning, and then loaded the bases and exited the game in the fifth inning. Tonight was Corcino’s final start of the season, and all in all, I think it was a fairly successful trial in the big leagues for him. Corcino certainly showed flashes of why he was the Reds #4 rated prospect according to Baseball America back in 2012. Corcino struck out 15 batters in 18.2 IP (7.23 K/9).

Tonight was most likely my last recap of this season. To all the loyal readers of Redleg Nation, thanks for putting up with me this season. It has been a blast (well, except for the actual games that I did the recap for).

29 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    Thanks Nick this season was probably no more what you thought you were getting into than say, Bryan Price thought he was. It had to be tough to keep on keeping on with the recaps. Thanks again

    • Nick Kirby

      Thanks, I appreciate that. Yes, rough season indeed, but it was still fun to write about my first love.

  2. Tom Reed

    Well done, Nick. Thank you for all your hard work. The Reds offseason should be interesting.

  3. sergeant2

    The recaps just don’t magically appear, someone has to put in the time and effort to give Redleg Nation fans a recap of the game. You would be one of those someones Nick. I have enjoyed reading your recaps of the games, and can appreciate the time and effort it took to sum up all the different aspects of a game that just concluded. Again, thanks Nick and enjoy the off season.

  4. The Next Janish

    I appreciated the recaps. I’ve stopped reading other recaps because the nation does such a better job. Redleg
    Nation- always punching above its weight

  5. Mutaman

    Thank you Nick. I didn’t always agree with you but i appreciate your hard work. You made a miserable season a bit more enjoyable. Get em next year. Go redlegs.

  6. ohiojimw

    On the game itself, after a quick start, Dennick certainly has helped himself much of late.

    Also, I’d think “mild” though it may be, that a concussion on Wednesday of the last week of the season would mean Hamilton’s 2014 is finished.

    • ohiojimw

      Above, that was meant to be “Dennick certainly has NOT helped himself much of late.”

  7. ohiojimw

    This loss assures Washington will host one of the NLDS. Cards still have a slight chance of unseating the Dodgerooties to host the other one just. The Pirates have a somewhat better chance to unseat the Cards for the Central title and push them into the WC.

    WC home field is totally up for grabs, although one almost wonders if the Giants would prefer the game to be on the road to have a very much shorter trip to DC for the NLDS should they win (Dodgers aren’t about to steal best record from the NATS).

    • ohiojimw

      “This loss” by Cards; this comment was supposed to be under Sarge’s notation of the the Cards loss tonight

  8. sergeant2

    On a lighter note. NBCSports reports that Ryan Ludwick wants to keep playing, and realizes where ever he ends up next season he might have a lessor role. The report went on to say that the Reds will most likely buy out Ludwick’s 4.5 mil. contract, rather than exercise Ludwick’s 9 million dollar option for next year. Nine!! Million!! Dollar!! option for next year?? Whoever is responsible for that 9 million dollar boondoggle of possibly paying a 36 year defensive liability, and past his prime kind of supposedly power hitter should be fired. Go Reds!

    • RedAlert

      That person is still asleep and has been for over a year now – hope Castellini let’s him walk

  9. RedAlert

    Thanks for your work Nick – it is greatly appreciated – certainly not an easy job after this monstrosity of a season

  10. manuel

    Nick,

    Thank you for your work in providing us with your excellent recaps. It is much appreciated.

  11. Rich

    I know the season is over and everything, but the play that cozart and Phillips made on the challenge is definitely worth noting. It could be the best defensive play of the year. Unbelievable! Hamilton, Cozart and Phillips all for gold gloves.

    • VaRedsFan

      Absolutely….I noted it in the game thread. It was tremendous.

  12. Kyle Farmer

    Thanks for the recaps Nick. I have especially enjoyed how you have documented the most important plays in each game – very cool stuff.

    It seems like nearly every loss this season has been a one run loss or a shut out. Obviously, that’s not true but it sure does feel that way.

  13. cfd3000

    I can’t help but harken back to 2001 when the Reds were setting the record for most consecutive games without being shutout. 208. Crazy, and I know that’s historically ridiculous. But 17 times guys? Dang. The good news is that Nick, Chad, Steve and the rest of the RLN crew never get shutout on the recaps. Thank you guys. Here’s to being excited to write, read, and respond to the game recaps again in 2015.

  14. jdx19

    Thanks for all the recaps (and other articles), Nick! I greatly enjoy your writing style.

  15. Scott

    I wanted to thank Nick also for all of the recaps (especially after the All-Star break). You watched a lot of horribly boring innings (TOS) so that I did not have too.

  16. wvredlegs

    Thank you Nick for your recaps. Nicely done. Even tough I gave you a little grief over Heisey as a starter, you were probably right. I appreciate the education on the SABR’s.

  17. msanmoore

    Billy really showed great timing/judgement on that catch. I still think he’s the heavy ROY favorite and that is pretty well deserved.

  18. muttonlettucetomato

    Thanks Nick for all the work on the recaps… always insightful and appreciated. Let’s hope for a better year next year on the field.

  19. PhoenixPhil

    Two hits!!!! And both were by Jack. “We’ve got Jack for that.”