MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 9110
Cincinnati1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 251
  W: J. Lyles (12-8)   L: T. Mahle (2-12)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)5:40 PM CT, September 25, 2019
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 16,530

Brewers look to wrap up playoff berth vs. Reds

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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
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Milwaukee Brewers aim to punch their ticket to the postseason for the second straight year on Wednesday when they play the second contest of a three-game series against the host Cincinnati Reds.

Milwaukee (87-70) posted its fifth straight win and 16th in 18 outings with a 4-2 victory over Cincinnati (73-84) on Tuesday. The Brewers moved five games ahead of the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets for the final wild-card spot in the National League.

A Milwaukee win on Wednesday or losses by Chicago (versus Pittsburgh) and New York (against Miami) would clinch a playoff berth for the Brewers, although manager Craig Counsell admitted he has an eye on the NL Central title as well.

The Brewers reside 2 1/2 games behind the first-place St. Louis Cardinals, who fell 3-2 in a 19-inning marathon at Arizona on Tuesday.

"I think we're scoreboard-watching now, and we're seeing what goes on in those other games," Counsell said. "We'll see what goes on in Pittsburgh and see what goes on in Arizona, too."

Another stellar September has paved the way for Milwaukee, which rode a sizzling final month of the season in 2018 all the way to within one win of a World Series appearance.

"They've recognized what's at stake," Counsell said. "I think the common theme in both cases is we were chasing something, and that's lent some urgency to everything we've done. And I think our players have responded really well to that sense of urgency."

Ryan Braun belted a solo homer among his two hits in the series opener to improve to 7-for-13 with four RBIs and four runs over the past four games.

Milwaukee right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-8, 4.17 ERA) will take the mound on Wednesday looking to build on his torrid stretch since being acquired from Pittsburgh.

Lyles has answered a disastrous run in which he posted an 0-6 record and a 9.58 ERA over his final eight starts with the Pirates by posting a 6-1 mark with a 2.35 ERA in his first 10 with the Brewers.

The 28-year-old fell to 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 16 career encounters (nine starts) against Cincinnati after allowing three runs on as many hits in four innings of an 11-6 setback on May 28. Lyles was pitching for Pittsburgh at the time.

Joey Votto is 7-for-16 with two homers and two doubles against Lyles while Derek Dietrich (4-for-7, homer) and Eugenio Suarez (3-for-5, two doubles) also have enjoyed success versus the hurler in smaller sample sizes.

Votto collected a pair of hits and scored on rookie Aristides Aquino's RBI double in the first inning on Tuesday.

Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle (2-11, 4.93 ERA) gets the nod on Wednesday after allowing just one run on one hit in six innings of a no-decision against the Cubs on Sept. 18 in his latest start.

Mahle, who is 0-6 in his past dozen outings overall, received a no-decision versus Milwaukee on July 1 after surrendering two homers and three runs total over six-plus innings. The 24-year-old sports an 0-1 mark with a 3.24 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers.

The Reds are dealing with a number of illnesses, with infielder Freddy Galvis, utility man Josh VanMeter and right-handers Michael Lorenzen, Robert Stephenson and Keury Mella under the weather.

"I think mine was just like a cold," Cincinnati manager David Bell said after he fell ill last month. "I don't think I had it as bad as those guys."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 25, 2019

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