In addition to throwing a complete game in Milwaukee’s 5-1 victory over Cincinnati on Friday, Kyle Lohse accomplished a more impressive feat.
He retired twenty-three members of the Reds in a row.
Lohse’s streak ironically began on the only run-scoring play of the night, as he retired Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco on a fielder’s choice that cut Milwaukee’s lead to 2-1. Following that, Lohse mowed through the order 3 consecutive times until Joey Votto drew a walk (not a shock) in the 9th inning, but by then, it was far too late for Cincinnati.
The 34-year-old Lohse was a late acquisition this season for the Brewers, but he’s certainly playing a part in the NL Central race despite Milwaukee’s dismal record. His final line of 9 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, and 5 strikeouts speaks for itself, but fans of the Cardinals and Pirates will be thanking Lohse for his performance all night long.
With the loss, Cincinnati falls to 2.5 games behind the Pirates for home field in the NL Wild Card game, but fortunately, they are comfortably in the playoffs at the moment, holding a 4.5-game lead over the Nationals. There’s a long way to go before the playoffs begin, but hopefully for the Reds sake, they won’t be running into any additional buzzsaws in September.