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  W: L. Castillo (3-10)   L: I. Anderson (5-4)   S: A. Garrett (5)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, June 26, 2021
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 34,671

Freddie Freeman, Braves look to top Reds again

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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

Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is rounding into form after a slow start to the season, will look to lead the Braves to another road win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Freeman went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Friday as the Braves earned a 3-2 victory to level the four-game set at one win apiece.

The reigning National League Most Valuable Player doubled twice Friday and drove in his 900th career run after he homered in the series opener Thursday.

That 900 figure is also going to come up again soon for Freeman, who has scored 897 runs in his 12-year career.

Since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, only five Braves have scored 900 and driven in 900 for the club: Hank Aaron, Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, Eddie Mathews and Dale Murphy.

Only two active players in baseball have scored 900 and driven in 900 for a single team. Cincinnati's Joey Votto has scored 1,059 and driven in 997, while Ryan Zimmerman has scored 951 runs and plated 1,036 for the Washington Nationals.

Freeman is 4-for-10 in the series and has eight hits in Atlanta's past three games after being mired in an 0-for-12 skid. Freeman's .256 batting average marks his high point on the season.

Batting in front of Freeman on Friday was Ronald Acuna Jr., who sat out the previous two days with an ailing lower back. Acuna went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run.

"(The training staff) worked on him, and he hit in the cage and says he's ready to go," manager Brian Snitker said pregame.

Atlanta will send right-hander Ian Anderson (5-3, 3.33 ERA) to the mound Saturday for his 15th start of the season. In his most recent outing, in the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Mets on Monday, Anderson allowed just three hits in 5 1/3 shutout innings to get the win, striking out five and walking one.

Cincinnati counters with right-hander Luis Castillo (2-10, 5.61 ERA), who will be making his 16th start of the season. Castillo has rebounded since opening the season with a 1-8 record and a 7.22 ERA in 11 starts through May, allowing a .321 opponents' batting average.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 2.19 ERA in four starts in June, holding opponents to a .155 average.

Castillo has struggled in the first inning this season, posing an ERA of 11.40 in the opening frame and a 4.21 ERA thereafter. Castillo's 22 runs allowed and 19 earned runs allowed in the first inning are the most in the majors. In 2020, he gave up just six runs (five earned) in the first inning of his 12 starts.

Reds manager David Bell announced before Friday's game that outfielder Nick Senzel is still rehabbing from his left knee patella surgery performed in May and hopefully will begin his minor league stint in July.

"He's gotten kind of all the swelling out, and he's adding in more activities, but it's going to be sometime after the All-Star break before he starts playing," Bell said. "We still have some time there.

"The amount of days hasn't been determined, but it'll be enough to make sure he's healthy, (he has his) timing back, baseball, all that. Maybe both can be accomplished sometime in July, but I would think towards the end of July before we would see him back here."

Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray (groin) had his Thursday rehab start with Triple-A Louisville pushed back to Saturday after waking up with a stiff back. If all goes well, Gray could rejoin the major league team in time for the series against the Chicago Cubs next weekend.

Reds corner infielder Mike Moustakas (heel) has been shut down and is not performing baseball activities after his most recent rehab assignment. Moustakas is now slated for a return closer to late July than the All-Star break.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 26, 2021

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