National League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, August 16th
(All times Eastern)
Cincinnati Reds (69-52) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-69), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Mike Leake (10-5, 2.86)
Milwaukee - Tom Gorzelanny (3-4, 2.51)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Mike Leake can maintain a pristine road record
for 2013 on Friday night when the Cincinnati Reds visit Miller Park for the
second portion of a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cincinnati's 2-1 victory in Thursday's opener brought it a game closer to the
front of a crowded National League Central Division. The Reds are third in the
Central, but trail front-running Pittsburgh by 2 1/2 games and second-place
St. Louis by a half-game.
The Reds have a six-game lead over Arizona for the second of two available
National League wild card playoff berths.
Leake is 7-1 in 12 road starts this season, including an 8-3 defeat of San
Francisco on July 24 in which he allowed a run while scattering 12 hits in six
He's 0-1 in three subsequent starts - two at home - while allowing nine runs
on 18 hits in 19 innings.
The 25-year-old is 1-0 in four career meetings with the Brewers and recorded
the win at Miller Park on July 10 after tossing 8 1/3 innings if two-run ball
in a 6-2 triumph.
In 26 2/3 innings against the Brewers, he's allowed 12 runs, walked five
batters and struck out 14.
Milwaukee opposes him with 31-year-old lefty Tom Gorzelanny, who starts for
the eighth time in his 40th appearance of the season.
The Illinois native was superb in an Aug. 10 start at Seattle and emerged with
a 10-0 win after throwing seven innings of three-hit ball with two walks and
He also won on July 27 after 5 1/3 innings of four-run work in Colorado that
resulted in a 7-5 triumph.
Gorzelanny is 3-5 in 15 career meetings with the Reds while posting a 4.98 ERA
in 59 2/3 innings.
The first-year Brewer is 3-5 in 28 career games at Miller Park.
On Thursday, Joey Votto's tie-breaking, solo homer in the sixth proved to be
the difference as the Reds edged the Brewers.
Devin Mesoraco scored the other run and collected two of Cincinnati's six hits
to help the Reds secure their fifth straight victory.
Tony Cingrani (6-2) struck out nine while holding the Brewers to one run on
four hits and a walk over 6 1/3 frames to earn the victory. Aroldis Chapman
worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his 30th save.
Kyle Lohse (8-8) was a hard-luck loser, giving up two runs -- one earned -- on
five hits and four walks over seven strong innings.
Khris Davis stroked his fifth homer of the season to account for Milwaukee's
offense, as the Brewers dropped their second straight contest.
The Reds won six of the first nine games with the Brewers in 2013, though
Milwaukee won two of three when the teams last met between July 8-10.
08/16 10:27:40 ET
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