The Short Version: In the penultimate game of the 2017 season, the Reds laid yet another egg. Please let this season end soon. Please?
|Cincinnati Reds (67-94)||0||8||1|
|Chicago Cubs (92-69)||9||10||0|
|W: Lester (13-8) L: Stephens (2-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The 2017 season is nearly over.
–Jackson Stephens gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in just four innings. Still not sure why he and Deck McGuire are starting games instead of Cody Reed.
–Asher Wojciechowski pitched a scoreless fifth inning, and looked pretty good doing it. Then he gave up three hits and a walk in the next inning, permitting four runs (though the first two of those runs scored on a bloop to right field that Scott Schebler lost in the sun).
Wojo wasn’t helped by Ariel Hernandez, who entered and could not throw a strike if his professional life depended on it. He bounced a wild pitch to the plate (not the last wild pitch of the inning) and runners moved up into scoring position. Hernandez then induced a sac fly, but walked each of the next three batters. By the time he had finished the inning, the Reds were losing 8-0 and Hernandez had thrown just 8 strikes in his 23 pitches.
–Scooter Gennett made another error. Count me among the biggest fans of Scooter’s acquisition, but sheesh, that guy is not very good with the glove. Or perhaps we’ve been spoiled for the last eleven years.
–Joey Votto struck out three times, if you can believe it.
–Adam Duvall was 3-3 with a double and a walk. Jose Peraza was 2-3, but was caught stealing once.
–Zach Vincej got his first big league hit, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Congrats, Zach!)
–When he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, Votto reached base for the 31st consecutive game. That was also the 319th time Votto has reached base in 2017, which ties his own franchise record, set back in 2015.
–The fifth inning ended with an epic duel between Wojo and Chicago’s Tommy LaStella that lasted 17 pitches. LaStella fouled off 12 pitches with two strikes. On the 17th and final pitch of the AB, Wojo threw a backdoor slider that caught LaStella looking.
–There are only 27 outs remaining in the 2017 Cincinnati Reds baseball season.
–This is my final game recap of the 2017 season, gang. Thanks to all of you for sticking with us throughout this often difficult season.
1st in OPS
1st in OPS+
1st in wRC+
Has played every game and gotten on base in all but 12 of them.
It's not crazy. https://t.co/y3rysRcBiA
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) September 30, 2017
Strike 'em out, throw 'em out!
Don't run on Stuart Turner!
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 30, 2017
17-pitch AB by La Stella vs. Wojo pic.twitter.com/Z8CeBLLp67
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 30, 2017
IN THE FACE! pic.twitter.com/3rSBESQmwl
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 30, 2017
The Reds are really sprinting across the finish line
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) September 30, 2017
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