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Brewers, making playoff push, go for sweep of Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Brewers are 10-5 versus the Reds this year (6-3 in Milwaukee, 4-2 at Cincinnati). This is the fifth time in the last six years that the Brewers have won their season series against the Reds. Cincinnati had a 6-4 edge over Milwaukee in the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
  2. The Brewers have not won any of their seven road series since August 1 (lost six, split one). Their 6-15 (.286) road record since that date ties them with the Marlins (6-15) for third worst in the majors, ahead of the Twins (4-18, .182) and Royals (6-16, .273).
  3. Over their last 30 games (since August 22), the Reds are 11-3 in games in which they allow three or fewer runs and 0-16 when they give up four or more runs.
  4. Four players have hit at least five home runs against the Reds this season and three of them are Brewers: Willy Adames (8), Rowdy Tellez (6) and Hunter Renfroe (5). Paul Goldschmidt (5) is the only non-Brewer on that list.
  5. Brandon Woodruff is 6-1 (.857) with a 2.55 ERA in his 15 starts since June 28, when he ended a one-month stint on the injured list due to a sprained right ankle. The only other NL pitchers with a winning percentage of .800 or higher and an ERA below 3.00 in 12 or more starts since that date are Julio Urias (12-1, .923; 2.08) and Zac Gallen (8-1, .889; 2.32).
  6. Hunter Greene pitched six scoreless innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts in his start at St. Louis on Saturday. It was the first time in the modern era (i.e., since 1901) that a Reds rookie recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game in which he allowed no runs or walks.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2022 thru 9/25/2022
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

If the Milwaukee Brewers hope to muscle their way into the playoffs, they'll need players like Freddy Peralta to stay healthy and Hunter Renfroe to stay hot over the final 10 games.

Peralta is scheduled to start the series finale against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday as the Brewers seek their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 2003.

The Brewers (82-70) entered play Sunday 1 1/2 games back of the third and final National League wild-card spot in the National League. They gained ground Saturday when they beat the Reds 10-2 behind two home runs and five RBIs from Hunter Renfroe.

"I'm feeling well, healthy and my body is feeling strong again," Renfroe said. "I've felt good at the plate the last few days."

The Brewers have scored 20 runs in the first three games of the series and have belted 43 home runs in 18 games against the Reds this season. They hope to continue that onslaught in the series finale and give Peralta some wiggle room.

Peralta (4-3, 3.45 ERA) last pitched on Sept. 8 as the starter in the second game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants, but lasted just two innings before departing with fatigue in his throwing shoulder.

That was a major concern because Peralta had missed more than two months with a right shoulder strain before returning on Aug. 3,

Many thought he could be done for the season, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell paused those concerns when he announced on Friday night that Peralta would start the series finale, though his pitch count will be limited.

Peralta has posted a winning record in each of his first four seasons with Milwaukee and was named to the MLB All-Star Game last season as a replacement for teammate Brandon Woodruff .

Peralta is 4-2 in 16 career appearances against the Reds, including 10 starts, with a 3.52 ERA

The Reds (59-93) are planning to start rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo in the series finale.

Lodolo (4-7, 3.90) has looked more comfortable and confident as the season has unfolded. He's 1-3 with a 3.02 ERA over his past seven starts with nine walks and 56 strikeouts over 44 2/3 innings.

Lodolo beat the Brewers on Sept. 9, allowing two runs and five hits in eight innings of an 8-2 victory. He struck out a season-high 11 and did not walk a batter.

That was a major improvement over his only other appearance against Milwaukee, when he surrendered three runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-5 win on Aug. 6.

Lodolo also came into Saturday tied for the MLB lead with 18 hit batters, but that's often a result of too much break in his curveball, Reds manager David Bell said.

"We've seen that a couple times, where it's breaking so much that he can't quite get a feel for where to start it out because it just sweeps so much," Bell said.. "That's led to some of the hit-by-pitches."

Lodolo said he's had more success with his breaking ball than failure.

"You're playing with a game of inches there," he said. "Go look at how many strikeouts I've had with balls a couple of inches from the back foot."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 25, 2022

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