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Reds fall to Brewers, Face Cubs Next

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The Cincinnati Reds (56-71) dropped the series finale, and the series itself, to the Milwaukee Brewers (71-58) by a score of 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

The game was pretty innocuous as the Reds managed just five hits and, really, only threatened during the eighth inning. Scooter Gennett represented the tying run as the bases were full. With two out the Brewers turned to their closer, Jeremy Jeffress, who induced a long fly out from Scooter to end the threat. Jeffress promptly shut down the lineup in the ninth.

All things considered, Robert Stephenson (0-2) had a better outing than his previous two. He lowered his season ERA (from 7.94 to 7.59) and allowed less runs(four) than innings pitched (five), but still got the loss. He ran into some trouble, allowing the first two hitters in the sixth to reach base, and was pulled. Wandy Peralta entered the game and allowed those runners to score, rounding out the four earned runs allowed by BobSteve. He looked slightly more confident on the mound (despite retaining his fidgety-ness) so that may be something to build on.

I think, for the rest of the season, the Reds do need to keep running him out there every 5th or 6th day to start, just to see if he improves. He’s looking like a bullpen arm, moving forward, though and is out of options beginning next season.

Up Next: the Chicago Cubs

The Reds will look to bounce back from their loss to the Brewers against the team currently atop the NL Central. The Chicago Cubs (72-53) would have much rather the Reds beat up on the Brewers, but now get four days to do just that to Cincinnati. Hold the phone, though, the Reds currently lead the 2018 season series with the Cubs 7-5.

There’s not been one specific thing that has led the Reds to an advantage over the Cubs this year, both their pitching and hitting numbers against them are pretty average. It just so happens that only three games of the 12 played have been in Chicago, to this point.

Two Reds hitters have enjoyed facing the Cubs this year, one who is not so surprising (Eugenio Suarez) and the other is Billy Hamilton. Yes, one Cool Papa Bill is actually batting .324 against Chicago, in 12 games, this year. He’s scored seven times on the Cubs, stolen seven bases, drawn six walks, and has even collected three RBI. Suarez leads all Reds hitters against the Cubs this year with a .359 average in 12 games. He also leads Cincinnati with 14 hits, 11 RBI, three homers, and two triples versus Chicago.

Here’s how the Reds probable starters have fared against the Cubs this year:

Anthony DeSclafani (1-0 record against CHI) – One game (June 23rd), 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, and 3 K. He also hit a grand slam that you might recall.

Matt Harvey (1-0) – 2 G, 11.2 IP, 4 ER, 14 H, and 10 K. It’s worth noting that he is just penciled in as the starter. Harvey was claimed on waivers by an unknown team, Wednesday night. The team-to-be-named-later has until Friday night to trade for him, or the Reds may pull him back.

Luis Castillo (1-0) – 3 G, 14.2 IP, 7 ER, 16 H, 12 K. His ERA is almost a run-and-a-half lower now than it was at his first start against Chicago. On May 19 it sit at 6.02, it is currently at 4.86.

Homer Bailey (0-1) – One game (May 18), 4.2 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, and 3 K. You might have heard that Homer is still looking for his second win and the Reds, as a team, are looking for his second win, when he pitches. It is farfetched to blame one man for a team’s record, but the Reds are a .500 ballclub in games not pitched by David Dewitt Bailey, Jr.

These four games are the second-to-last series these two teams will play in 2018. The final series will be on September 14-16 in Chicago.

The start time for Thursday’s game is set for 8:10 p.m.with the other three beginning at 2:20 p.m. All times are Eastern.

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