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Tonight's Matchup: Brewers (Lohse) v Reds (Cingrani)

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After spending most of a month on the road, the Brewers return home tonight.

Rick Yeatts

The Brewers have only had ten home games in the last 35 days.

They're back home tonight, though, and at 7:10 they'll send Kyle Lohse (3.26 ERA, 4.07 FIP) to the mound to open a four-game set against the Reds. Lohse pitched seven innings against the Mariners on Friday and allowed three runs on six hits, walking three and striking out seven. Lohse has walked three batters or fewer in 16 consecutive starts and 23 of his 24 this season.

Assuming Lohse continues to pitch every fifth game, he's due for roughly nine more starts this season. If he averages six innings per start he'll crack 200 innings for just the fourth time in his career, and it would be the first time he's ever done it in back-to-back seasons.

Lohse has a pair of quality starts in his two outings against the Reds this season, allowing a combined six runs (four earned for a 2.84 ERA) on 14 hits over 12.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Seven current Reds have faced him ten times or more:

Player PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jay Bruce 31 .310 .355 .586 .941
Brandon Phillips 30 .250 .267 .286 .552
Joey Votto 24 .333 .375 .429 .804
Ryan Ludwick 22 .143 .182 .143 .325
Zack Cozart 16 .213 .313 .385 .697
Ryan Hanigan 16 .214 .313 .385 .697
Shin-Soo Choo 11 .182 .182 .273 .455

He'll face 24-year-old Reds lefty Tony Cingrani (2.87 ERA, 3.53 FIP) in his 15th start of the season. Cingrani pitched five innings against the Padres on Saturday and allowed two unearned runs on just two hits, walking two and striking out five.

Cingrani has been good all year but he's been hotter lately, posting a 2.23 ERA in seven starts since July 1. He's allowed two runs or less in six of those seven outings and is striking out over ten batters per nine innings over that span. He's got a low 90's fastball that he'll throw over 80% of the time while mixing in a curve, changeup and slider.

Cingrani has faced the Brewers twice this year: On May 10 the Brewers chased him early after he allowed two runs on five hits over four innings, and on July 9 he held the Crew to two runs on just three hits over seven innings. No current Brewers have faced him ten times or more, but Jean Segura and Logan Schafer have homered off him.

As of this writing I haven't seen tonight's lineup. If you have, please drop it in the comments.

And in the bullpen:

  • Michael Gonzalez faced two batters (12 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Tuesday.
  • Burke Badenhop pitched 1.2 innings (22 pitches) last night.
  • John Axford pitched .1 innings (eight pitches) last night.
  • Jim Henderson pitched 1.1 innings (19 pitches) on Tuesday.
  • Brandon Kintzler pitched one inning (12 pitches) on Tuesday.
  • Rob Wooten pitched .1 innings (six pitches) on Tuesday.
  • Alfredo Figaro last pitched on Friday.
  • Donovan Hand last pitched on Thursday.

It's a beautiful night for baseball under an open roof at Miller Park. Expect a game-time temperature in the low 70's to drop into the upper 60's as the evening goes along. The wind will be blowing from right to left.