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Game Thread #152: Cincinnati Reds (64-87) @ Milwaukee Brewers (86-65)

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Brewers look to start a final kick with a series win

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers
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Game two of the three game set with the Cincinnati Reds (64-87) comes up tonight at Miller Park as the Milwaukee Brewers (86-65) continue their chase for the NL Central crown and their defense of their top spot in the Wild Card rankings. It’s all so confusing.

Chase Anderson’s spot in the rotation comes up tonight, and the righty is 9-7 with a 3.85 ERA. Lately Craig Counsell seems satisfied with five good innings from his starters, but we haven’t seen a really good start in a while so perhaps we might. Even the scoreless outings have been high-wire acts, and with the “A” pen rested why not use them? Josh Hader might not be out there, but he only threw one inning yesterday. The Reds go with relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 3.21), who could hurt the Brewers as much with his bat as with his arm.

Cincinnati Reds

1. Scott Schebler (L) RF

2. Jose Peraza (R) SS

3. Joey Votto (L) 1B

4. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B

5. Tucker Barnhart (S) C

6. Phillip Ervin (R) LF

7. Mason Williams (L) CF

8. Brandon Dixon (R) 3B

9. Michael Lorenzen (R) P

Milwaukee Brewers