On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Reds play the second game of an interleague series on the road against the Kansas City Royals.
The Reds were off Monday, but defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their last outing on Sunday. Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton made four important defensive plays in center field to help lead the Reds to the win. Hamilton threw out two runners and made impressive catches in both the eighth and ninth innings racing back toward the wall. Hamilton also hit a triple and scored two runs.
Kansas City was off on Monday as well and lost Sunday to the Oakland A’s 3-2. The Royals had the good ahead run nailed at home plate by the A’s and then allowed Oakland to hit a go-ahead home run in the bottom half of the same inning.
Scooter Gennett leads Cincinnati with a.340 batting average and team highs in hits with 82 and home runs with 12. Eugenio Suarez leads the team in RBIs with 48. Cincinnati has a team batting average of .251, while opposing hitters are averaging .269 at the plate against Reds pitching. On Wednesday, the Reds will send Tyler Mahle to the mound. The right-hander this season is 4-6 with an ERA of 4.33, 67 Ks and 26 BBs
Whit Merrifield leads Kansas City with a .286 batting average. Mike Moustakas has the team lead in home runs at 13 and RBIs at 42. Kansas City has a team batting average of .248 while opposing hitters are averaging .278 at the plate against Royals pitching. On Wednesday, the Royals will send Jason Hammel to the mound. The right-hander this season is 2-6, with an ERA of 5.12, 52 Ks and 21 BBs.