Four days after getting swept by Milwaukee at home, the Cincinnati Reds will try to exact revenge against the Brewers as the teams meet for the opener of three-game set at Miller Park.
One of the hottest teams in the league, the Brewers upped their winning streak to 10 games by sweeping a four-game series from the Reds at the Great American Ball Park last week.
“They’re playing as well as anybody in baseball,” Reds interim manager Dave Miley said after Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Brewers. “They’ve done a nice job getting into the direction they’re heading.”
The Brewers outscored the Reds 27-12 in last week’s sweep, which was their first in Cincinnati.
Although they had their winning streak snapped Friday by the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers rebounded by taking the final two games of their series in Wrigley Field, including a 2-0 win on Sunday.
The Reds have dropped seven of eight, including Sunday’s 5-0 defeat to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Danny Serafini, who made his second start since signing with Cincinnati out of the Mexican League, allowed two runs, four hits and three walks while striking out three in six innings.
After the game, the Reds announced they traded catcher Kelly Stinnett to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later. Stinnett hit .229 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 60 games this season.
STANDINGS: Reds - 6th place, 13 GB, NL Central. Brewers - 5th place, 12 GB, NL Central.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Seth Etherton (1-2, 6.06 ERA). Etherton is making his fourth start of the season, and 15th 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. 1. Etherton allowed six hits, three walks and four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wayne Franklin (10-10, 5.16 ERA). The left-hander is looking to win three straight starts for the first time this season. In Thursday’s win over the Reds and Etherton, Franklin allowed two runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings for his third victory in four starts. In eight games against the Reds, including five starts, Franklin is 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .289 avg. and 67 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 27 HRs, 70 runs and 8 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .316 and 34 SBs; Richie Sexson, 36 HRs and 101 RBIs; Geoff Jenkins, 81 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 8-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - The Reds swept a three-game series from the Brewers at Miller Park from July 11-13. … OF Ruben Mateo is 4-for-7 (.571) against LHP Franklin. … C Jason Larue is 2-for-16 (.125) over his last five games. Brewers - The Brewers have won five straight against the Reds since dropping the first five meetings. … The Brewers have won four straight series for the first time since August 1996. … The Brewers went 16-12 in August, their first winning month since May 2001.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 28-38 on the road; Brewers - 28-39 at home.
INJURIES: Reds -SS Barry Larkin (finger), 15-day DL; INF Brandon Larson (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Dunn (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Acevedo (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Ryan Dempster (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP 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. Brewers - OF Jenkins (thumb), 15-day DL; 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.