MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 471
Cincinnati2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 281
  W: B. Suter (4-0)   L: S. Gray (11-8)   S: J. Hader (36)
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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 14,778

Brewers to resume epic playoff push at Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Brewers outscored the Pirates 24-5 over a three-game sweep, and their 17-4 record in September is the best in baseball. Milwaukee has allowed 10 runs over its last seven games -- only the Dodgers and Rays have allowed fewer over any seven games this season.
  2. Cincinnati has scored four runs or fewer in nine straight games, two shy of the Giants' 11-game streak in May, which was the longest in MLB this season. The team is slashing .154/.309/.231 with runners in scoring position over these nine games.
  3. Eric Thames homered twice in his last game, and since May 1 the Brewers are 15-2 when he homers. Thames has a .586 OPS in 15 games versus the Reds this season and a .893 OPS against the rest of MLB.
  4. Milwaukee swept a three-game set in Cincinnati in early April, then lost three of four on its next trip to Great American Ball Park in July, including being shut out in each of their last two games of that series.
  5. Aristides Aquino has 44 RBI through 50 games of his rookie season. The only other National Leaguers in the divisional era (since 1969) who can say this are Rhys Hoskins (2017) and Albert Pujols (2001).
  6. Yasmani Grandal has walked 19 times in September, fewer than only Paul Goldschmidt and Juan Soto in MLB (21 apiece). His .382 OBP in 2019 would be the highest by a qualifying catcher since Buster Posey in 2017 (.400) and Joe Mauer in 2013 (.404).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019

The Milwaukee Brewers are having a September to remember despite losing their best player, 2018 National League MVP Christian Yelich, earlier in the month.

The Brewers (86-70) bid to continue their torrid hot streak on Tuesday when they begin a six-game road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds (73-83).

Milwaukee posted its eighth win in nine outings and improved to a majors-best 17-4 in September following its 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Brewers also own a 10-2 mark since losing Yelich to a fractured kneecap.

Milwaukee entered play on Monday trailing Washington (85-69) by a percentage point for the National League's top wild-card spot.

"It's awesome," Brewers first baseman Eric Thames said following his two-homer performance versus the Pirates.

"I saw a bunch of memes on Twitter and Instagram poking fun at the team saying that once 'Yeli' was out that we were done. It's been the complete opposite. We lost our big piece, but we still have 25-plus guys ready to rock. We're out here competing and hopefully playing as long as they'll let us."

While Thames has struggled versus the Reds this season (10-for-47, 17 strikeouts), the Brewers' starting pitching this month as played an integral role in the team's ascent. The Milwaukee contingent has posted a 2.81 ERA in September.

"We had it a little bit last year, so we're just trying to stay the course, keep playing the game the way we know we can play, and hopefully our guys keep doing what they're doing," left-hander Gio Gonzalez said. "Everybody is trying to do a good job of piecing this all together."

Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser (6-7, 3.83 ERA), who will take the mound for the series opener, absorbed his second straight loss on Wednesday despite allowing two runs on three hits in five innings of a 2-1 setback to San Diego.

Houser failed to record a decision in four career outings against the Brewers this season, although the 26-year-old has struggled mightily versus Eugenio Suarez (3-for-5, two homers, four RBIs).

Suarez, who leads the team with 48 homers, went deep once against Houser and once versus All-Star reliever Josh Hader in Cincinnati's 8-6 loss to Milwaukee on July 1. Suarez highlighted another two-homer performance against the Brewers exactly three weeks later with a blast off Houser.

"You see the damage he does with the home runs," manager David Bell said of the 28-year-old Suarez following the Reds' 6-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.

"I've also seen, recently, where he's been able to make some adjustments and maybe shorten (his swing) a little bit where he's coming up with some big singles too."

Suarez carries a five-game hitting streak into the series opener and is batting a robust .358 (24-for-67) in September.

Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray (11-7, 2.80 ERA) will get the nod on Tuesday looking to build off the momentum of his last outing. The 29-year-old after permitted two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 4-2 victory at the Chicago Cubs.

Gray improved to 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his career versus Milwaukee after making four solid starts this season.

Lorenzo Cain is 9-for-19 in his career versus the Gray, however the hurler has flustered Mike Moustakas (4-for-27) and Ben Gamel (1-for-11).

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2019

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