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Brewers' hot bats look to keep Reds reeling
Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds
- The Brewers have won four of six meetings this season, but the Reds took two of three in Cincinnati from May 9-11. The two teams combined for 57 extra base hits including 25 home runs in the six games.
- The Brewers have a team ERA of 5.02 in June compared to a 3.06 in April and 3.59 in May. The last time Milwaukee had a team ERA over 5.00 in a month (longer than three games) was August of 2018.
- Christian Yelich is hitting .359 (14-for-39) with eight runs scored during a nine-game hitting streak. He has 13 career streaks of 10 games or longer, but only one since the beginning of the 2020 season (August 21, 2021 to September 1, 2021).
- The Reds had their three-game win streak snapped on Wednesday at Arizona. Cincinnati is fifth in the majors with a team batting average of .276 in June after they were 26th in the majors in team batting average in April and May combined (.226).
- Kyle Farmer is hitting .563 (9-for-16) with four runs batted in over his last four games and is hitting .370 in June after hitting .257 in May. He has five three-hit games this season, which is tied for the team lead with Tommy Pham and Tyler Stephenson.
- Brandon Drury is hitting .370 (20-for-54) with five home runs, eight runs batted in and 17 runs scored in June. Entering this season, he was a career .202 in June games with five home runs in 71 games.
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The visiting Milwaukee Brewers look to continue their power surge against the Cincinnati Reds, who want to avoid being swept in the three-game series on Sunday.
The Brewers have connected for five home runs and have not trailed in taking the first two games, improving to 4-4 on a nine-game road trip.
The Reds will turn to veteran lefty Mike Minor (1-2, 7.36 ERA), who is coming off his first win in a Reds uniform after being acquired in mid-March for lefty reliever Amir Garrett in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.
Minor allowed four runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings but recorded the win in Cincinnati's 5-4 victory at Arizona on Monday.
Minor will be making his eighth career start against the Brewers and first this season. He is 4-2 with an impressive 2.20 ERA in the previous seven. He has won his last three starts against Milwaukee, all with different teams, striking out 21 and walking just four over 20 2/3 innings.
The Brewers counter with right-hander Adrian Houser (3-7, 4.21 ERA), who will be out to snap a personal five-game losing streak. Houser is making his 13th start of the season and third against the Reds.
The Brewers are just 4-8 in his 12 previous starts, and Houser is 0-5 with a 4.79 ERA over his last seven starts. His last win came against Cincinnati on May 5. Houser is 2-4 with a 5.88 ERA in 13 career games (10 starts) against Cincinnati, including 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two starts this season.
The Brewers designated former star outfielder Lorenzo Cain for assignment on Saturday, the day the 2014 American League Championship Series MVP reached the significant milestone of 10 years of major league service.
There has been much speculation in Milwaukee that the 36-year-old Cain might retire after reaching the 10-year milestone. Cain is batting just .179 with one homer and nine RBIs in 43 games this season.
"It's been a great ride for me, a fun ride. I put a lot of work in," Cain said. "I put this body through a lot through the years. At the same time, I think the body is ready to rest a little bit, for sure."
The Brewers brought Cain back in 2018 when they signed him to a club-record $80 million free-agent contract and traded for Christian Yelich on the same day.
"He was a big part of starting what we've created here over the past few years, the winning ways," Yelich said. "We'll miss him. He's been a big part of this group, and I'm glad he popped in and said goodbye to the guys."
A day after reliever Tony Santillan landed on the injured list with low back pain, the Reds moved right-hander Lucas Sims to the 60-day IL from the 15-day injured list with ongoing back pain that returned after back-to-back scoreless appearances in early May.
"No one real setback or new injury or anything like that, it's just taking longer for him to recover," Reds manager David Bell said. "It's taken definitely longer than he wants it to. By the time he comes back to pitch with us, it's going to be beyond the 60 days."
--Field Level Media
Updated June 19, 2022