Now that Cincinnati has finally beaten Milwaukee, the Reds will try to take the series when they play the deciding game at Great American Ball Park.
Juan Castro’s pinch-hit home run in the 10th inning gave the Reds a 5-4 victory, dramatically halting their five-game losing streak against the Brewers.
Cincinnati had dropped 10 of their last 11 against Milwaukee, which rallied for 9-8 and 10-9 wins over the Reds last week.
“We know we had some tough losses,” Reds manager Dave Miley said. “We did lose some games we were obviously hoping to win. It was a tough streak and it’s nice, obviously, to break it.”
The Reds also avoided falling below the .500 mark for the first time since dropping the season opener.
Milwaukee will look to struggling right-hander Wes Obermueller in the series finale, who is looking to keep his tenuous spot in the rotation.
Obermueller was rocked in his last start, allowing seven runs and five hits over just three innings in a 8-7 defeat to Pittsburgh on Friday. Milwaukee manager Ned Yost says Obermueller, like the rest of his young pitching staff, needs to start producing results.
“We’re at that point now that we’re competitive and we can’t just keep spinning our wheels.” Yost said. “This is a game about execution and production. We’re at the big-league level now, and if you don’t produce, you don’t execute, we’re going to have to do something (with Wes).”