MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 390
Cincinnati0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2110
  W: D. Smyly (5-3)   L: V. Gutierrez (3-2)   S: W. Smith (16)
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)5:10 PM CT, June 25, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 30,231

Reds hope to keep Braves from heating up

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Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds

  1. These teams have not faced off in the regular season since 2019 when the Reds won four of seven games. Atlanta swept Cincinnati in two games in the 2020 Wild Card series in Atlanta. The Reds failed to score a run in that series and were 1-for-14 (.071) with runners in scoring position.
  2. The Braves have won five of their last eight games after splitting their four-game series with the first-place Mets at Citi Field. Atlanta is 13-5 against NL Central teams this season compared to 20-23 versus the rest of the senior circuit.
  3. The Reds snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-7 win over the Twins on Tuesday. Cincinnati is .500 at home (16-16) as well as on the road (20-20) but averages nearly two runs per game more at Great American Ball Park (6.03) than on the road (4.20).
  4. Freddie Freeman tied a season high with four hits last night at the Mets (also vs. Cubs on April 28). He was 0-for-11 in his previous four games. His current batting average of .251 is the highest he has had entering a game this season.
  5. Nick Castellanos has a hit in eight of his last 10 games, but just one hit in each of them. In the 27 games prior to the 10, he had two or more hits in 18 of them. His 29 multi-hit games overall this year lead the majors, one ahead of Washongton's Trea Turner.
  6. Tony Santillan has pitched two games in his career (both starts). He lost after allowing three runs in 3.0 innings on Friday at San Diego after having a no-decision on June 13 against the Rockies. He was 1-3 with a 2.51 ERA in six starts at Louisville (AAA) earlier this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/24/2021 thru 6/27/2021

Two teams battling injuries to their pitching staffs will meet in the second game of a four-game weekend series Friday night in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will look for their third straight win while the Atlanta Braves will look to avoid their third straight loss on their eight-game road trip.

The Braves hope to have star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. back after he missed Wednesday and Thursday due to back spasms.

"He's still sore," Braves manager Brian Snitker said before Thursday's game. "They worked on him all day [Thursday]. They just hope with another day [of rest], he'll be ready to go [Friday]. He's literally day-to-day."

Acuna leads the Braves in batting (.285) and homers (20) while posting a .996 OPS.

The Braves will send left-hander Drew Smyly (4-3, 5.11 ERA) to the mound against the Reds. Smyly is one of only three healthy regular starters for Atlanta.

Smyly is making his 13th start of the season for Atlanta and is coming off his best outing of the season, allowing just one hit over 5 2/3 shutout innings last Sunday against St. Louis. He earned the win as the Braves beat the Cardinals 1-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of the doubleheader. The win marked just the fourth quality start of the year for Smyly.

Cincinnati's 5-3 win Thursday marked the first meeting between the two clubs since Atlanta held the Reds scoreless over 22 innings of playoff action last October in a two-game sweep. The loss was just the sixth in 19 games for the Braves against the NL Central this season.

Atlanta is 51-33 (.607) against the Central since the start of 2018, the best record by an NL team in that span.

Snitker said left-hander Max Fried (finger blister) should be ready to come off the injured list next week when he is eligible. Snitker also announced plans Thursday to give veteran Charlie Morton extra rest heading into his next start, pushing him from Sunday in Cincinnati to Tuesday against the Mets in Atlanta, with the hope of starting Fried on Wednesday.

"He could have pitched if this was a playoff situation," Snitker said of Fried. "But we just wanted to get ahead of it and not create more trouble for ourselves."

The Reds counter Friday with their second straight rookie in right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez (3-1, 3.86), making his sixth big league start. In last Saturday's 7-5 loss at San Diego, Gutierrez left with the score tied 5-5 and was denied in his bid to become only the ninth pitcher in Reds history to earn at least four wins in his first five major league starts.

The Reds placed reliever Lucas Sims on the 10-day injured list on Thursday (retroactive to Wednesday) with a right elbow sprain, just two days after they activated top reliever Tejay Antone off the injured list.

"I feel for Lucas," Reds manager David Bell said. "He's doing so well. He's got a great career ahead of him. He's shown that over the last year, year and a half. He's got a long way to go. I know he loves to compete, he loves to win. He loves being a part of this team, so it'll be a tough few weeks for him, I'm sure."

The win Thursday improved Cincinnati to 15-8 in its 23 games since May 30.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 25, 2021

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