The Reds (63-86) and the Cardinals (94-56) play again tonight in game two of this three game series in St. Louis. The Pirates and the Cubs also won last night, maintaining their spot as the top three winning teams in the majors.
Tonight is Sampson’s debut against the Cardinals. After starting his major league career with a 2-1 record and a 3.18 ERA through his first four appearances (two starts and a relief appearance), he’s allowed 25 runs over his last six starts covering just 22.1 innings.
This will be Lackey’s 5th start of the season against the Reds, but his team is 0-4 in those four previous starts. Lackey pitched well in those four starts, including two weeks ago when he allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out 10 batters. Or how about on July 29th when he pitched eight innings of one-run baseball, only to see his team lose 1-0? Lackey comes into tonight having pitched at least seven innings in his last three starts while recording a quality start in each of his last five games.
Brayan Pena is making his first start since September 9th in tonight’s Reds lineup:
- Jason BourgeoisÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Brayan PenaÃ‚Â (S) C
- Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Adam DuvallÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Keyvius SampsonÃ‚Â (R) P
The Cardinals lineup is identical to last night:
- Matt CarpenterÃ‚Â (L) 3B
- Tommy PhamÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Jason HeywardÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Jhonny PeraltaÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Matt AdamsÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Stephen PiscottyÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Kolten WongÃ‚Â (L) 2B
- Tony CruzÃ‚Â (R) C
- John LackeyÃ‚Â (R) P
JOEY VOTTO SETS CLUB WALK RECORD
Joey Votto’s 136th walk of the season broke his own club walk record of 135, which he set in 2013. He also had a single in last night’s game, extending his on-base streak to 38 straight games. Votto’s personal best streak is 41 games.
More players are getting shelved for the season as players deal with nagging injuries and young pitchers hit their 2015 inning limits:
— A day after saying that Billy Hamilton would be used as a pinch runner, the club has altered the plan to season-ending shoulder surgery. He is expected to be ready in time for spring training next year.
— Raisel Iglesias may or may not get another start this season. His last turn was skipped in the rotation due to right shoulder fatigue.
LAMB AGAINST THE CARDINALS
John Lamb has left two starts without allowing any runs to score and both of those starts are against the Cardinals. He’s pitched 11 innings in the two starts, and allowed eight hits, seven walks and struck out 12.
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Not a favorable pitching match-up on paper for Cincinnati. Hopefully, Sampson shows a little something tonight like he flashed at the beginning of his tenure with the Reds to allow his team to go 5-0 against the Lackey led Cardinals this season.