Welcome back to the regular season, folks. Braden Looper takes on Homer Bailey tonight as the Brewers look to get back on track in the second half.
Follow the jump for tonight's starting lineup and conversation on tonight's game!
Homer Bailey (1-0, 5.16) is making just his fifth start of the season for the Reds, after making the first 14 starts of his season back in AAA (6-3, 2.71). He's pitched very well in July, posting a 2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings of work, but the Reds are 0-2 in his starts. Tonight will be his third career start against the Brewers: he's 0-1 and has posted a 6.55 ERA in 11 previous innings.
For the Brewers, Braden Looper (7-4, 4.94) takes the mound, having lost just one time since May 29. Great American Ball Park might not be a happy place for Looper, who has allowed nine home runs in his last five starts to jump to the top of the NL leaderboard with 22 home runs allowed. Looper has faced the Reds three times this season, winning both meetings at home but losing the one on the road.
In a move that might not thrill or excite you, the first Brewer batter of the second half will be Jason Kendall, who has a hit in eight of his last nine games but is still hitting just .237/.293/.287 during that stretch:
C Jason Kendall
2B Craig Counsell
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
CF Mike Cameron
RF Corey Hart
SS J.J. Hardy
RHP Braden Looper
Obviously, since the Brewers haven't played since Sunday, the entire bullpen is rested.
Thursday's Game Thread is now open.