In Wednesday night MLB action, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds will square off from the Great American Ball Park. Last night, Milwaukee moved closer to clinching a wild card spot with a 4-2 road victory against Cincinnati. Ryan Braun hit his 21st home run for the Brewers, who moved to 17 games above .500 overall.
Twenty-eight year old righty Jordan Lyles (11-8 4.17 ERA) has been a huge addition for the Brewers down the stretch. Milwaukee has won each of Lyles’ last seven starts and he has allowed just 11 runs total over that stretch.
The Cincinnati Reds rank ninth in the majors in ERA, but must improve their offense to be a factor in next season’s NL Central Division race. On Tuesday, Cincinnati failed to hit a home run and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Joey Votto collected a pair of hits and scored a run for the Reds, who dropped to 11 games below .500 overall.
The Reds will give the nod to twenty-nine year old righty Tyler Mahle (2-11 4.93 ERA) in the series finale. Last time out, Mahle allowed just one hit and one run in six innings during a 3-2 road victory against Chicago.