MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 450
Milwaukee0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 142
  W: A. DeSclafani (1-0)   L: B. Anderson (0-1)   S: R. Iglesias (2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 8, 2020
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 0

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Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. In the first six games of the season, Cincinnati averaged 6.2 runs per game and hit 12 home runs (2 per game), but in its last seven games, the offense has mustered just 2.1 runs per game with six home runs and hitting just .177 as a team.
  2. In five victories this season, the Brewers starting pitchers are collectively 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a .153 opponent batting average; in their five losses, the starters have a 5.23 ERA and opponents are hitting .284 against them.
  3. The Brewers have won the season series against the Reds in each of the three previous seasons, going 35-22 against Cincinnati.
  4. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds in batting average (.333), home runs (6), runs batted in (13), runs scored (10) and hits (15). Castellanos is the only player in baseball that currently holds the outright team lead in these five categories.
  5. Since coming to the Brewers in 2018, Christian Yelich has played 27 games against the Reds and has hit .389 (42-for-108) with 11 home runs, 27 runs batted in, 23 extra-base hits and 23 runs scored.
  6. Trevor Bauer will face Milwaukee for the first time in his career. The Brewers are one of three MLB teams that Bauer has never faced, and the other two are San Francisco and Cleveland, where he pitched from 2013-19. Bauer has 20 strikeouts through two starts, just like teammate Sonny Gray had through two starts this season. Prior to 2020, the last Reds pitcher to have 20+ K's through two games was Mario Soto in 1982.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020

Following a much-needed breakout win, the Cincinnati Reds need to start stringing together some victories. They will try for a second straight win over the host Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Mired in a three-game slide and shut out in their previous two contests by Cleveland, Cincinnati used a six-run second inning to snap a 24-inning scoreless streak in Friday's 8-3 victory at Milwaukee. Matt Davidson's three-run homer highlighted the inning for the Reds, who were held to three or fewer runs in five of their previous seven contests.

With the additions of Nick Castellanos and former Brewer Mike Moustakas, the Reds began 2020 with some lofty expectations. Instead, they are two games under .500 through 14 games of this condensed season. They still believe they're capable of getting on a roll.

"We have all the confidence in the world that we've got a good team," president of baseball operations Dick Williams told the Reds' official website. "We know time is of the essence.

"I believe the guys will get real hot soon and start playing up to their potential."

Castellanos, who ripped a two-run homer and drove in three runs on Friday, is already hot, batting .340 with seven homers and 16 RBIs. Moustakas, meanwhile, will miss this entire weekend series against his former team with a quadriceps issue.

Cincinnati starter Anthony DeSclafani will make his second start of the season for the Reds, and he has a tough act to follow. Fellow right-hander held the Brewers to one run and three hits while striking out 12 on Friday night.

In his season debut on Sunday, DeSclafani allowed three hits over five scoreless innings but did not factor in the decision of Cincinnati's 4-3 in Detroit. DeSclafani is 3-4 with a 5.23 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) against the Brewers, and just 1-4 with a 5.83 ERA at Milwaukee.

Cincinnati pitchers have recorded a majors-best 165 strikeouts. Bauer and three relievers contributed 16 of those on Friday.

Brewers star Christian Yelich struck out twice and hit a two-run home run on Friday, and he'll be trying to build upon his previous success against DeSclafani. The 2018 NL MVP, who was runner-up in 2019, is 8 of 18 with three doubles and two homers against DeSclafani.

Yelich, though, is trying to recover from a rough start and enters Saturday hitting just .125 (5 for 40). Three of those hits have been home runs.

"When you're going through it, it feels like the game is impossible," Yelich told the Brewers' official website. "Then one day it turns back to normal. You just don't know when that's going to be."

The Brewers, who had won two in a row prior to Friday's setback, will try a fourth time for their first home victory of 2020 behind scheduled starter Brett Anderson (0-0, 6.00 ERA). The left-hander hopes for a better effort after he gave up two runs and five hits over three innings while not factoring in the decision of a 6-4 home loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

Anderson took a comebacker off his foot in the first inning of that contest, but appears healthy enough to make this start. He's 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts versus Cincinnati.

Castellanos is 3 for 9 with a double versus Anderson. Teammate Joey Votto, who did not play in Friday's series opener, is 4 for 11 against him.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2020

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