MLB Preview: Milwaukee Brewers At Cincinnati Reds

By Tristen Challe
Kyle Lohse
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The Cincinnati Reds begin a seven-game homestand tonight against a possible Ryan Braun-less Milwaukee Brewers team that seems to finally have gotten things headed in the right direction.

The Reds went for a four-game sweep over the NL Central’s last place Chicago Cubs last night, only to be ousted in the 14th inning by Julio Borbon’s walk-off single.

On the other hand, the Brewers are coming off a win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in a game that showcased the Brewers’ bats. The game ended in a 10-1 win with the Marlins only run reaching the plate in the bottom of the ninth  inning.

Tonight marks the second time this season the Reds host the Brewers at Great American Ball Park. The trip to Cincinnati for the Brewers from May 10-12 was surly one they would like to forget. They were swept in all three games, recording a total of 11 runs while the Reds batted in 22 total runs.

The Brewers will be looking to get revenge over their NL Central foe, sending Kyle Lohse (2-6, 4.03 ERA) to the mound in the first of a three- game series. Lohse has struggled while pitching for the Brewers this season but may have started to turn things around as of late. Lohse is coming off his first win in eight starts Sunday, allowing only one run with four hits in his season-high eight innings, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 9-1.

Lohse will be getting his first look at the Reds in a Brewers uniform tonight. In his previous seven starts, he’s 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA against the Reds.

“I’m finally coming back around where I can snap (the slider) off,” describes Lohse about his recent outing. If the Brewers are looking to make a move up the leader board, Lohse getting in rhythm and having confidence in every pitch will be key.

The Reds will send Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.35 ERA) to the mound for tonight’s game. In Arroyo’s last outing, an 11-4, 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, he was hit on the knee by a one-hopper in the fourth inning. On the injury, Arroyo stated it doesn’t seem to have any impact on him moving forward, “Its not serious, just got me in a good spot.”

The Reds will be looking for a win and close the 3.5-game gap between them and the Cardinals, while the Brewers need a win to continue making the march on just being a contender.

First pitch for tonight’s game is set for 7:10 ET in Cincinnati.

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