The Milwaukee Brewers look to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games and surpass their victory total from all of last season as they resume a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
The Brewers, currently the hottest team in the majors, have won eight straight for the first time since joining the National League in 1998. It is Milwaukee’s longest run since winning nine in a row from July 25-Aug. 1, 1997— the Brewers’ final year in the American League.
The Brewers are hitting .300 (80-for-267) with 17 home runs and averaging 7.3 runs per game during the win streak. Their pitchers have compiled a 3.50 ERA during the run.
On Tuesday, Geoff Jenkins had a career high-tying four hits, including a homer, and three RBIs in Milwaukee’s 7-1 win.
Wayne Franklin will take the mound for the Brewers five days after flirting with Milwaukee’s first no-hitter since Juan Nieves achieved the feat against Baltimore on April 15, 1987.
Franklin pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning of a 3-2 home win over Pittsburgh on Friday. He eventually gave up one run and two hits in seven innings.
The 29-year-old left-hander is 2-1 with a 3.28 ERA in his last three starts.
“He was on the attack,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said of Franklin. “He was changing speeds and he was throwing a pretty good sinker.”
The Reds have dropped three straight since winning six of nine. D’Angelo Jimenez drove in Cincinnati’s lone run on Tuesday, giving him three RBIs in his last four games.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 12 1/2 GB, NL Central. Reds - 5th place, 10 1/2 GB, NL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Franklin (9-10, 5.22 ERA). Franklin was 0-3 with a 10.80 in his three starts prior to Friday. Franklin is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA in seven career appearances, including four starts, against Cincinnati.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Seth Etherton (1-1, 5.73 ERA). Etherton is making his third start of the season, and 14th of his career. The 26-year-old right-hander was acquired from Anaheim in December 2000, but a series of arm problems kept him from making his NL debut until Aug. 16. He lost that first start 4-2 at home to Houston before posting a 4-3 road victory over the Astros on Friday. Etherton went six innings, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out four. This is his first career appearance against the Brewers.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - Milwaukee is fourth in the NL with 160 homers. … CF Podsednik extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 with a 1-for-4 effort Tuesday. … LF Jenkins is 14-for-30 (.467) with three home runs and 14 RBIs over his last eight games. Reds - The Reds have used a club-record 28 pitchers this season. They used 25 in both 1997 and 2001. … 1B Casey is hitting .353 (18-for-51) against the Brewers this season with a homer and six RBIs. … RHP Etherton is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in his lone home start this year.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 29-36 on the road; Reds - 30-36 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL. Reds - SS Barry Larkin (finger), 15-day DL; INF Brandon Larson (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Russell Branyan (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Dunn (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Acevedo (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 60-day DL.