It’s been 15 years since the Milwaukee Brewers have won 10 consecutive games.
That’s what they’ll be trying to do when they meet the Cincinnati Reds in the finale of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.
The Brewers’ nine-game winning streak is their longest since 1997, when they still played in the American League. They last won 10 straight in 1988.
Scott Podsednik went 2-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the Brewers to a 6-2 win on Wednesday. He was at the plate in the second inning when the fire alarm started blaring. A Reds spokesman said dirt had accumulated in a smoke detector, setting off the alarm.
When play resumed, however, Podsednik lined an RBI single up the middle.
“We got some timely hitting, but I was more impressed that ‘Po’ got that big hit after that delay,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “He didn’t lose his concentration.”
Podsednik extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, during which he is batting .469 (23-for-49).
Reds right-hander Paul Wilson takes the mound looking to make it three wins in as many starts. Wilson allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings in a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
“It seems the last month I’ve been getting stronger and stronger,” Wilson said. “I’ve been able to get loose and able to throw harder.”
Cincinnati has lost four straight.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 13 GB, NL Central. Reds - 5th place, 12 GB, NL Central.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wes Obermueller (0-4, 5.34 ERA). Over his last two starts, Obermueller has allowed just three earned runs in 10 1-3 innings. He allowed one run and eight hits over six innings Saturday, but did not get a decision in the Brewers’ 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 26-year-old right-hander has never faced the Reds.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Wilson (8-10, 4.74 ERA). Wilson is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career games against the Brewers.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 7-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 1B Sexson is 0-for-12 in the series’ first three games. … SS Royce Clayton is batting .111 (1-for-9) in his career against RHP Wilson. … The Brewers have come from behind to win their last six games. Reds - The Reds have scored one run in the first inning of each of their last three games. … 1B Casey is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with a homer and six RBIs against the Brewers this season. … C Jason LaRue has been hit by a pitch 18 times this season, two short of Frank Robinson’s 1956 team record.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 30-36 on the road; Reds - 30-37 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; 3B 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; LHP Mark Watson (kidney), 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; OF Reggie Taylor (shoulder), 60-day DL.