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Cincinnati1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 381
Milwaukee0 0 1 0 0 6 2 0 x 9100
  W: B. Suter (2-0)   L: S. Gray (3-1)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, August 9, 2020
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Aces set to match up for Brewers, Reds

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According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. In the first six games of the season, Cincinnati averaged 6.2 runs per game and hit 12 home runs (2 per game), but in its last seven games, the offense has mustered just 2.1 runs per game with six home runs and hitting just .177 as a team.
  2. In five victories this season, the Brewers starting pitchers are collectively 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a .153 opponent batting average; in their five losses, the starters have a 5.23 ERA and opponents are hitting .284 against them.
  3. The Brewers have won the season series against the Reds in each of the three previous seasons, going 35-22 against Cincinnati.
  4. Nick Castellanos leads the Reds in batting average (.333), home runs (6), runs batted in (13), runs scored (10) and hits (15). Castellanos is the only player in baseball that currently holds the outright team lead in these five categories.
  5. Since coming to the Brewers in 2018, Christian Yelich has played 27 games against the Reds and has hit .389 (42-for-108) with 11 home runs, 27 runs batted in, 23 extra-base hits and 23 runs scored.
  6. Trevor Bauer will face Milwaukee for the first time in his career. The Brewers are one of three MLB teams that Bauer has never faced, and the other two are San Francisco and Cleveland, where he pitched from 2013-19. Bauer has 20 strikeouts through two starts, just like teammate Sonny Gray had through two starts this season. Prior to 2020, the last Reds pitcher to have 20+ K's through two games was Mario Soto in 1982.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Sonny Gray has been simply stellar for the Cincinnati Reds during the early portion of this condensed season. Meanwhile, Brandon Woodruff has looked pretty solid for the Milwaukee Brewers.

These two staff aces will match up Sunday afternoon, when the visiting Reds look to complete a three-game series sweep of the Brewers.

Gray (3-0, 0.96 ERA) has been the epitome of a major league ace through three impressive starts in 2020. He's allowed just two earned runs and struck out 28 over 18 2/3 innings. One of those earned runs came over six innings -- while fanning eight -- during a 3-2 victory over Cleveland on Monday.

The right-hander actually yielded two overall runs through the first two innings of that contest. He then settled down -- retiring 12 straight batters at one point -- and got enough support to earn another victory.

"I trust Sonny, and I trusted that it would be a little bit of a blip and he'd hold it down for us," catcher Tucker Barnhart told the Reds' official website.

Gray was rather solid opposing the Brewers in 2019, going 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts. He faced them just one other time in his career, back in 2016 when he made one start (0-0) and gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings.

Woodruff (1-1, 2.08) has been nearly as good on the young season. The four runs Woodruff has yielded over 17 1/3 innings have come off a pair of two-run homers. One of those, and seven other hits, came over six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

"Having some games up here and just being on a good schedule and a good routine is super important," Woodruff told the Brewers' official website. "Just get back into the swing of things."

The right-hander, however, hopes to improve on a 2-2 record and 4.58 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against Cincinnati. Woodruff has been roughed up by Cincinnati star Joey Votto, who is 6-for-9 with two homers against him.

Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez is 2-for-9 all-time versus Woodruff, but he delivered a big three-run homer in the first inning of his team's 4-1 win at Milwaukee on Saturday. Suarez is just 6-for-50 (.120) on the season, but helped the Reds drop the Brewers to 0-4 at home in 2020.

After striking out 16 times in Friday's 8-3 loss, the Brewers hitters were punched out another 11 times on Saturday. They've fanned 132 times through 12 games in 2020.

Brewers superstar Christian Yelich had one of those strikeouts while going 0-for-4 on Saturday. After homering in each of the previous two contests, Yelich is now batting an unthinkable .114 (5 for 44) with 20 strikeouts on the season.

Yelich went 2-for-5 with a home run against Gray in 2019.

Milwaukee announced fellow star Ryan Braun will not be activated from the injured list on Sunday. Dealing with a finger infection, Braun was eligible to be available for the series finale, but the club said he is not yet ready.

Braun is 3-for-13 in four games this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 9, 2020

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