Game two of this weekend series will be a match up of left-handed starters. The Cincinnati Reds will look to even the series up behind Nick Lodolo. The Brewers will look to guarantee themselves a series victory with Aaron Ashby on the mound. First pitch tonight is set for 7:10pm and the television broadcast is on FOX.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:

Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

Jonathan India – 2B Christian Yelich – DH
Nick Senzel – CF Willy Adames – SS
Kyle Farmer – 3B Andrew McCutchen – LF
Joey Votto – 1B Mike Brosseau – 3B
Donovan Solano – DH Hunter Renfroe – RF
Aristides Aquino – RF Keston Hiura – 1B
Albert Almora Jr. – LF Luis Urias – 2B
Jose Barrero – SS Victor Caratini – C
Austin Romine – C Tyrone Taylor – CF
Nick Lodolo – SP Aaron Ashby – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Lodolo 38.1 4.23 1.57 16 54
Aaron Ashby 80.2 4.13 1.45 36 98
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Aaron Ashby’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Left-handed hitters haven’t stepped into the box much this season against Lodolo this season. And when they have they haven’t done much hitting. Right-handed hitters have found a lot of success, though. They have hit .299 and they’ve gotten on base at a high clip, too.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 155 41 6 0 5 13 46 .299 .381 .453
LHH 23 3 1 0 0 3 8 .167 .348 .222

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Change Curve
Velo 94.3 88.1 82.4
Usage 57.3% 16.5% 26.1%

Aaron Ashby

Lefties haven’t been given many opportunities to face off against Ashby, but the ones that have been given a shot have been more successful than righties have this season. They are walking more, hitting for a higher average, and hitting for the same amount of power as righties are.

Not shown are his home and road splits. He’s pitched more than twice as many innings on the road as he has at home, but when he’s been in Milwaukee he’s pitched much better. At home he has a 2.84 ERA this season with a 0.99 WHIP (4.72 ERA on the road, 1.66 WHIP). He’s held hitters to a .194/.255/.387 line in Milwaukee this season.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 281 63 10 1 8 28 72 .252 .327 .396
LHH 78 18 4 0 2 8 26 .269 .364 .418

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 95.6 95.9 83.4 89.2 79.7
Usage 3.5% 32.2% 31.0% 20.8% 12.4%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:15pm ET
  • Where: American Family Field
  • Watch: Fox
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: They play in a dome.

News and Notes

Hunter Greene doesn’t need surgery

Yesterday the Cincinnati Reds placed Hunter Greene on the 15-day injured list with what they initially called shoulder fatigue after a bullpen session earlier in the day. He headed back to Cincinnati to be examined and after an MRI he does not need surgery.

Art Warren begins rehab in Triple-A

The Reds have sent Art Warren to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats tonight to begin a rehab assignment. He last pitched on July 2nd against Atlanta. Two days later he was placed on the injured list with a right flexor pronator strain.

165 Responses

  1. Bet on Red

    So since it is on Fox does that mean that it will or it will not be available on the ticket Via MLB.com?

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    • Jim Walker

      How does a team as lowly as the Reds this year keep showing up on the major network and streaming services telecasts? Maybe it is the opponents and the meal of the day versus the lions syndrome at the old roman coliseum games?

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      • DaveCT

        Greenmtn. You are in rare form today. If I may, I’d add that it’s shark month and who doesn’t love it when there is blood in the water.

    • musicclown

      @ Bet On Red. Yes it’s on MLB but with Fox announcers.

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      • Bet on Red

        yes thank you…saves me the 80 buck BWW trip

  2. Jim Walker

    Another lefty for Brewers tonight. I am trying to decide whether it will be Aquino or Almora giving way for Fraley when the Reds face RH pitching.

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    • LDS

      Shouldn’t be either. Fraley’s not a particularly good hitter and not near as effective a defender

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  3. Bet on Red

    Looks like tonight is. 1) further Jose B. Evaluation 2) battle for next years back up catcher is widened, 3) Punisher or punished?

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    • Bet on Red

      and 4. Will Angel Hernandez actually call a clean game

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      • Bet on Red

        the answer to four, lucky for us, is no

    • JA

      I said in the last night post, none of the games vs the playoff contenders are not useful to evaluate the new players….. need to wait to see them vs AAAA+ teams like the cubs, pirates, nationals, etc (who by the way they have been knocked out by phillies just in the 1st inning this evening….
      2 leagues now….. the MLB playoff contenders and the rest, AAAA+ …
      Need patience here

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      • Doc

        Guess that means Barerro’s two HR are not useful for evaluating him since they came against a playoff contender.

  4. Jim Walker

    Looks like Solano emptied his tank trying to play his way off the Reds via trade because he hasn’t looked like the same hitter since the deadline

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      • greenmtred

        I am, too, but we only saw one angle. There was a point when Farmer had the tag on him, and it’s possible that Yelich was straddling the base without touching it. I always try strive to be positive.

  5. Melvin

    I’m not sure about that call but at least it’s in our favor. lol

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    • LDS

      At a tiny fraction of the cost and far better defensively

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      • greenmtred

        Votto’s OBP is 101 points higher than Aquino”s. That said, I’m part of Jim’s camp: Aquino provides a lot of value defensively: It’s worth giving him an extended look.

      • LDS

        Yeah, Votto’s numbers would be great for Aquino. Unfortunately, they kind of suck for Votto.

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    That was a rather (ahem) questionable bottom of the first for umpiring — almost all in favor of the Reds.

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  7. Bet on Red

    David bell has succesfully channeled Angel H against the brewers…. Aquino scores

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  8. Mark Moore

    A walk, a balk, and a double = first blood.

    Just joining the chat this evening, but I did see that HORRENDOUS call at 3rd to end the inning. My wife says there’s gonna be a fight tonight. I’m thinking the Bernie fans might riot a little bit.

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  9. Mark Moore

    The audio options are the Fox feed or a different radio station (670 something?). I hope these guys do a decent job calling it tonight.

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  10. Indy Red Man

    Barrero has a nice swing so I’m not sure what the problem is? Nobody bunts anymore, but the better hitters can try to put the ball on the right side to move the runner over to 3rd with 1 out. Oh well.

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  11. Roger Garrett

    Angel can go to the other side in a heart beat.He is just awful at calling balls and strikes or at least he used to grade out as one of the worst.He will all players on both sides chirping all night long.

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    • greenmtred

      And he doesn’t seem to be consistent. I’m too old and set in my ways to like robo ump, but Angel makes a compelling case for it, doesn’t he?

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      • Mark Moore

        It’s HP Chumpires like Angel that have turned me toward the robozone. The wild inconsistencies and blown calls are just getting ridiculous. They are supposed to review their calls and make adjustments, but I seriously doubt there is any actual accountability.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Lodolo almost looks like he could be a poor man’s Chris Sale which ain’t bad!

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    • Mark Moore

      We’d all take that … especially if he can stay healthy.

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      • LT

        Fastball at mid 90 with movement is better than 100, and hopefully it will keep Lodolo from injured in the long run. I wish HG the best but I am afraid he’ll injure a lot if he keeps throws so hard

  13. SOQ

    So, just came in from, our evening walk with my wife and new puppy (Gawd, I am too old to have a puppy), turned on Bally and no game. The only freakin’ reason I have cable these days is to watch the Reds. Thank you Redlegnation for guiding me to the proper channel, but MLB better make up it’s mind how it wants to broadcast games. I feel like I’m dancing with the devil trying to catch a game. First I gotta listen to all of the “Gaming” commercials (and as a former Southern Baptist, and long time baseball fan still appalls me, then I have to play the guessing game of where or how to watch. No wonder the younger generation doesn’t watch. I’m about ready to say the heck with it and go back to WLW and watching Game Day.

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    • Mark Moore

      Glad you made it. And good luck with the puppy … I’m guessing you’ll need it.

      And just remember the difference between the Southern Baptists and the Southern Methodists is the Methodists will acknowledge each other when they pass in bar … 😀

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      • SOQ

        Ha, great comparison. I married a Catholic girl, so no “drinking” guilt here 🙂

  14. Bet on Red

    Well it only took three seasons, but good job Jose

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  15. Tom Mitsoff

    As Marty (or Joe) would have said for Barrero, that’s a big ole have-mercy! 🙂

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  16. LT

    That’s the way to get first hit of season, first Hr in major. Congratulations! We need more from you Jose.

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  17. Mark Moore

    Anyone know if RoY got his first GS ball back from the fan?

    At least Jose’s went into the Bernie’s bullpen.

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    • Bet on Red

      yes he did, the trade was for a signed bat and signed jersey

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      • Mark Moore

        Good fan. Not sure what I would have asked for. I would have made a deal, though. Too important to RoY to keep it from him.

      • Bet on Red

        I would ask for that signed CASH MONEY

      • Tom Mitsoff

        If you’re not always behind in the count, it might work. 😉

  18. Dennis Westrick

    Stuck record here again! Almost always a walk preceding a home run!

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  19. Bet on Red

    Votto on base at least twice in another game Lets get another run

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  20. Mark Moore

    Avoided a GIDP at least.

    I’m no judge of MLB hitters, but it seemed to me like AA was pulling his head out on those swings he missed, especially the second one.

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  21. Mark Moore

    I could say we chased Ashby, but he was not going more than 5 at his pace anyway. And we all know what the Bernie’s bullpen can do.

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  22. Mark Moore

    I have to wonder how much our young stud SP crew misses TySteve handling them. The game of catcher roulette seems to be wearing on them.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Excellent point Mark! Young SPs need a steady (and calming) hand behind the plate!

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    • DaveCT

      That said, I find it a relief to have a veteran, Romine, catching.

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      • Mark Moore

        True. Had the same thought. But this is his first time through our starting rotation and even then, DTBell keeps playing Pap.

      • DaveCT

        I’m letting Romine catch/coach the three rookies here on in. Pap can catch the filler.

      • JB

        Both? How do you call that poorly played? He is coming from the grass and it hits the base. Unless you think he should of played the ricochet

      • Melvin

        Have to get to the ball before it gets to the bag. I don’t think he would have been able to so it was a bad hop to me.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Maybe India should have cut in front of the bag before that hop. I’m not sure he was even close enough to do that, to be honest.

      • JB

        To far to come and he was still one step behind the bag when it hit the bag.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Went from an easy DP, out of the inning, to ball hitting the base….now in the blender.

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  24. Dennis Westrick

    4 walks and a HBP in 5 innings is NOT GOOD, even for a rookie SP!

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    • LT

      Brossea tried to pull a Votto, tried to walk his way on base. Boohoo

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    • JB

      Honestly I’m not sure how he can pitch. Hernandez strike zone changes every batter. This is beyond rediculous

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  25. Melvin

    Come on. Let him stay in, learn, and possible get the win. Not much to lose.

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    • Bet on Red

      Greene is on the IL because of not much to lose. Do not want these guys getting hurt

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      • Melvin

        One more batter. It could have gone a long way for his development. One hundred pitches is not a magic number.

      • Roger Garrett

        Surely your not saying Bell let Greene throw too many pitches or too many innings and thats why he’s on the IL

      • Votto4life

        Especially scary with Hunter since he has already had TJ surgery. Apparently, second time around it isn’t as easy. I hope Antone is able to bounce back next year

  26. Melvin

    The bullpen has to cover 4+ innings now. Anyone optimistic?

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    • Melvin

      It was shaky but they did it. Congratulations to our bullpen.

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  27. JB

    Did I miss them sending down a catcher when Romine was activated or do we need 3 catchers who can’t hit

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    • Bet on Red

      First off, this is his third season up here. When he can do that or get hits on the regular then I will lay off. Second, my phrase is trademarked…

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      • JB

        First season he should have never been up. Don’t bypass AA and AAA and think he is going to hit ML pitching. That was stupid. 2nd he has 9 at bats this year and he is only 8 homers behind Votto.

  28. Bet on Red

    OK Berrero…… taking advantage of opertunites got some room

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  29. Mark Moore

    I had to roll that back to see the Barrero 2nd HR … 😮

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    • LDS

      His 1st and 2nd ML HR? Amazing what regular playing time can do for a player. That and an army of really strong SS prospects coming at you from all directions.

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      • DaveCT

        It’s the difference between having the reliable Farmer, whom I truly appreciate, and the electric Barrero.

      • Melvin

        Farmer is the ultimate utility guy. Not great anywhere but pretty good a lot of places.

  30. Old Big Ed

    Barrero and Elly hit homers within 2 minutes of each other.

    Michael Siani has been raking, too.

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  31. LT

    Ask and you shall be given. I asked for more and Barrero gave 🙂 Beautiful swing

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  32. DaveCT

    Barrero is still an electric player. A sign of things to come, I hope.

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  33. LT

    You play to win the game. Bell is managing this game in that spirit

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Yes, he is looking like a Gold Glove caliber right fielder. I wish he could hit.

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      • Melvin

        I would have liked to see Aquino Vs. Hamilton the other night in Miami.

  34. DaveCT

    Carantini vs. Aquino’s arm? Counsel owes Victor dinner.

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  35. VaRedsFan

    Run on Aquino at your own risk.
    Romine needed to go further up the line to tag him…made it closer than it should have been.

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      • Melvin

        Maybe. Haha He’s been clocked over a hundred in right field on several occasions.

  36. Mark Moore

    Opposite field bleeder over the wall. Still puts a crooked number on the board.

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  37. Bet on Red

    and the unadulturated trademarked true BUT BUT BUT OPPO VOTTO

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  38. Roger Garrett

    Just hanging around to see when we pinch hit for Aquino and Barrero.

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    • Melvin

      What is that? Four straight starts for he and Barrero? Amazing what some players can do when they feel comfortable knowing that every AB won’t be their last if they don’t produce.

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      • greenmtred

        Very happy for Barrero and Aquino. I think I’ll wait a few–or a number of–games before I enshrine either of them in the Reds HOF. Early days. Small sample sizes.

  39. Mark Moore

    Anyone else think that thing on the right sleeve looks like a kettle grill?

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  40. Bet on Red

    None of these catchers are inspiring me offensively, but Romine at least can play defense. Would like for him to be the starter until Ty steve comes back, (yes i am aware that might not be this year)

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    • Mark Moore

      MLBTR had a post noting he’s out for the rest of this season. If he comes back at all, he’ll be limited to DH/PH duty just to get his swing going. But I seriously doubt we see him until Spring Training.

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      • Bet on Red

        yea, but we still need a back up

  41. Melvin

    Well that guy showed some brains not testing Aquino. 🙂

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  42. Daytonnati

    The one announcer is confusing Big Klu with JB. Kids …

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  43. MBS

    Some of you older guys, did Bench go sleeveless ever? I don’t recall that, I think he’s confusing him with Kluszewski.

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    • JB

      I never seen it. Those sleeveless shirts were before his time.

      Reply
      • greenmtred

        They had sleeveless shirts more recently–Griffey Jr. era. Klu didn’t wear the long-sleeved undershirt.

  44. MBS

    SS’s are having a night JB 2HR, EDLC 1HR, Jose Torres 1HR.

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    • Joe P.

      The Brewers infielder gave Farmer almost no bag to slide into. I guess blocking the bag like that is legal. Next time if I’m Farmer I go straight into that bag and knock the infielder off of it.

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  45. JB

    Hmm how did Milwaukee get a challenge? They lost theirs on Yellich.

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    • Mark Moore

      That’s what I was thinking. Do they get an extra one at some point in the game.

      Solano answers the call anyway.

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  46. Mark Moore

    Strickland for 3 outs with a 4-run lead. No save opportunity, so I’m thinking that’s a good thing. Angel is the HP Chumpire, so the strike zone may not come into play.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      If there is someone who could let this one get away …

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      • Daytonnati

        We just can’t have nice things.

  47. Mark Moore

    To quote Theoden King in LOTR 2 Towers … “And so it begins”

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  48. Mark A Verticchio

    Once again Bell makes a strange move, Diaz should be the closer,

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    • Mark Moore

      I won’t debate that, but then who would have pitched tonight when Diaz pitched?

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  49. Mark Moore

    Going to press our luck to the limit tonight I see … better look in Strickland’s pocket for his Miami Valley Lucky Buckeye.

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  50. VaRedsFan

    Senzel doesn’t even try to get in good throwing position. Does he even watch Almora play outfield?

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  51. Mark Moore

    Now I’m too amped up to got to bed. Good thing I have a book waiting for me.

    Night all … catch you tomorrow.

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  52. LDS

    The Reds would fair better most nights if Bell would quit pretending Strickland can pitch.

    Reply

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