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Sunday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (21-10) at Cincinnati Reds (14-16), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (4-1, 2.70)
Cincinnati - Alfredo Simon (4-1, 4.60)
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of four-game winners are set to square off when
the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds close out a four-game series Sunday
afternoon from Great American Ball Park.
Reds starter Alfredo Simon is 4-1 with a 4.60 earned run average in five
outings and the Reds have won each of his past three trips to the hill,
including Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Simon allowed two runs in six innings and recorded five strikeouts to go along
with two walks. The right-hander has allowed four earned runs in his past
three starts and will make his first career start against Milwaukee. In nine
relief appearances, Simon is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA.
The Brewers will counter with Kyle Lohse, who is also 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA in
six appearances. Lohse is 4-0 in his last five outings after losing his 2014
debut and did not record a decision in Tuesday's 5-4 win at St. Louis.
Lohse gave up three runs in six innings to the Cardinals and fanned nine
batters with one walk. He has issued only one walk in his past two games. The
righty has made 15 career starts against Cincinnati, going 5-4 with a 2.89
Cincinnati handed Milwaukee a 6-2 loss on Saturday after losing Friday by a
2-0 score. Reds starter Johnny Cueto was brilliant through eight innings, as
he allowed two runs and three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
"He was very pitch efficient," said Reds manager Bryan Price on Cueto's
outing. "He was at 89 pitches heading into the eighth and after a 25-pitch
inning, we weren't going to send him out in the ninth."
Sam LeCure closed the door with a scoreless ninth, while Brayan Pena drove in
two runs, Brandon Phillips added three hits and two runs scored and both Todd
Frazier and Ryan Ludwick ended with two hits and an RBI apiece.
The Reds have alternated results over the past six games and will visit Boston
for two games next.
Milwaukee will close out a seven-game road trip (3-3) and got home runs from
Aramis Ramirez and Mark Reynolds in Saturday's defeat. Brewers manager Ron
Roenicke is not pleased with the club's recent hitting woes.
"Obviously we're not swinging the bat that well," Roenicke said. "Just as a
group we'll get it going. It's tough sometimes when you're facing the pitchers
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo was saddled with his first loss (2-1) of the
season and was touched for four runs and nine hits in six innings.
After visiting the Reds, Milwaukee will return to Brew City for nine games
versus Arizona, New York (Yankees) and Pittsburgh.
Cincinnati went 10-9 against Milwaukee last season.
05/04 10:33:18 ET