The Brewers took Friday’s series opener 7-3, their fourth head-to-head victory in five games this season. Corbin Burnes got the win, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings and striking out six, and Devin Williams threw 0.2 scoreless innings to pick up his 19th save.
Owen Miller went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI in the win. Willy Adames added a home run and a double. He scored two runs and had three RBIs. Joey Votto was 2 for 4 with a home run and a double for the Reds. He drove in three runs.
ON THE MOUND
Luke Weaver (2-2, 6.72 ERA) is in line for the start for Cincinnati. The right-hander allowed two runs over five innings in his last start, a 3-2 road win over the Nationals on Monday.
He earned the win, scattering six hits while striking out two and walking one. For Milwaukee, right-hander Colin Rea (5-4, 4.40 ERA) gets the start.
He has made one prior start against the Reds this season, giving up three runs over five innings in a 10-8 road win on June 3. He gave up six hits and walked three while striking out five in the win.
In his last start on Sunday, Rea got the win on the road against the Pirates. He threw 6.2 innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out three and walking one in the 6-3 triumph.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Cincinnati has averaged 5.6 runs a game, a small gain compared to their season average of 5.0. Against righties like Rea this season, the Reds have a .749 OPS.
Jake Fraley is the team’s strongest performer against right-handers with a .912 OPS in 192 at-bats. Milwaukee is averaging 6.0 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.2 for the season, with an improved slash line (.290/.388/.450).
The Brew Crew have a .693 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .907 OPS over 232 at-bats, Yelich has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Cincinnati is 26-19 away from home in 2023, scoring 5.0 runs per game while allowing 4.6 runs. Milwaukee has gone 25-20 at their home ballpark this season, averaging 4.4 runs per game while surrendering 4.4.
In the last 10 games between the NL Central rivals at American Family Field, Milwaukee is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 6.7-4.2.
The Reds lead the NL Central by one game over the Brewers.
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