Reds lead the series 2-0
|Tue 08/25|| WP: Daniel Ray Herrera (2 - 4) |
LP: Todd Coffey (4 - 3)
|6 - 8 loss|
|Wed 08/26|| WP: Daniel Ray Herrera (3 - 4) |
SV: Francisco Cordero
LP: Mike Burns (3 - 5)
|3 - 4 loss|
The Brewers are 19-29 since July 1 (14-26 in games not involving the Nationals), and come into today looking to avoid getting swept at home for the first time since Colorado did it June 9-11. The Brewers do have two returns to be excited about, though: Dave Bush returns from the DL, and he'll face Justin Lehr, a former Brewer who is now pitching for his fourth organization in as many seasons.
Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on today's game!
Justin Lehr (2-1, 3.77) is making his sixth start for Cincinnati today, and those six starts are the only major league appearances he's made since posting an 8.62 ERA in 15.2 innings as a Brewer in 2006. Lehr has spent most of the last three seasons in AAA, where he earned his way back to the big leagues by posting a 26-6 record. Most recently, he went 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 12 appearances for Louisville in the International League. His most recent start was his worst one as a Red: He allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings to the Pirates.
Meanwhile, Dave Bush (3-4, 5.67) is making his first start since June 20, having missed over two months to recover from microtearing in his triceps that occurred when he was hit by a line drive in Florida on June 4. Don't let Bush's lofty ERA fool you: He posted a 4.38 ERA before getting hit with the line drive, then attempted to pitch through the injury and ran up his ERA. Bush posted a 3.00 ERA over two rehab appearances on his way back, pitching three shutout innings for Wisconsin and allowing two earned runs on a hit and three walks in 3.1 IP for Huntsville.
Felipe Lopez is healthy enough to give it a go today, and Mike Rivera, who is batting .350/.519/.750 in his last seven games, is in the lineup to catch Bush: (h/t Tyler Barnes)
Felipe Lopez 2B
Jody Gerut RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Mike Rivera C
Dave Bush P
Alcides Escobar SS
Mike Burns was returned to Nashville to make room on the roster for Bush, so the Brewer bullpen will have to get by with eight arms today:
pitched one inning (9 pitches) last night
Enjoy the game!