After a nail-biting ninth inning on Friday night that saw the Cincinnati Reds (34-35) hang on to victory, they will attempt to get back to a .500 record this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers (40-29). Andrew Abbott gets the start for Cincinnati, while the Brewers counter with left-handed opener Jared Koenig followed by right-handed starter/long reliever Bryse Wilson.

First pitch from American Family Field will be at 4:10 PM EDT.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

CF TJ Friedl 3B Joey Ortiz
SS Elly De La Cruz C William Contreras
3B Jeimer Candelario LF Christian Yelich
1B Spencer Steer SS Willy Adames
C Tyler Stephenson 1B Rhys Hoskins
RF Jake Fraley DH Gary Sánchez
DH Nick Martini CF Blake Perkins
2B Jonathan India RF Jackson Chourio
LF Will Benson 2B Brice Turang

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Andrew Abbott 74.0 3.28 1.19 22 57
Jared Koenig 31.1 1.72 0.93 6 26
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Jared Koenig’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

Coming off another great start last Saturday when he pitched five innings of one-run baseball against the Cubs, left-hander Andrew Abbott looks to continue his solid 2024 season against another NL Central rival. Abbott just needs to get past the first inning, where most of the damage has been done against him. In 13.0 innings, he’s allowed 10 earned runs on 11 hits, including three home runs. After the first inning, he settles down, with an ERA under 3.00 from the second to the sixth inning.

The Reds have started to watch his innings a little closer earlier this season after fatigue hit him in September last season. Abbott pitched 109.1 innings in 2023, the second most of his professional career, and is at 74.0 innings thus far in 2024. They gave him an extra day of rest between starts at the end of May. With two days off this week, he’s had a full week between his last start and today.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 234 32 9 0 11 8% 18% .233 .295 .465
LHH 72 16 3 0 1 4% 19% .235 .278 .324

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Sweeper Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.8 82.5 80.7 85.4 84.8
Usage 55% 16% 13% 0.3% 16%

Jared Koenig / Bryse Wilson

Left-hander Jared Koenig will get the start for the Brewers as the opener. Koenig has opened for Wilson before, with the most recent coming against the Tigers last Sunday. He pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts. Koenig throws mainly three pitches: a sinker, cutter, and curveball. His curveball is his best pitch, with a 45% whiff rate.

Right-hander Bryse Wilson is the Brewers’ version of Nick Martinez. He’s started eight of 16 games he’s appeared in this season and has also pitched multiple innings in relief. Left-handed hitters are batting over .300 with a .997 OPS against him. This is the reason the Brewers will start the left-hander Koenig, as David Bell has stacked his lineup with lefties to face Wilson. However, the Reds haven’t hit Wilson all that well, with a .656 team OPS against him in 12 games. He pitched four innings against Cincinnati in April, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Bryse Wilson’s Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 141 22 2 0 3 6% 17% .173 .248 .260
LHH 106 30 5 1 6 12% 19% .323 .406 .591

Bryse Wilson’s Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Change
Velo 93.8 93.3 89.0 80.3 88.6
Usage 15% 31% 34% 17% 3%

Details:

  • Time: 4:10 PM EDT
  • Place: American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Minor League Recap

The Reds had some wild moments in their game last night. A couple of their minor league teams did as well.

Fun Fact of the Day

Last night the Reds won their 34th game of the season and move to 34-35 on the season. One year ago, on June 14th, 2023, the Reds beat the Royals to win their 34th game of the season and move their record to 34-35. You can’t say they’re not consistent.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 40 29
St. Louis 34 34 5.5
Cincinnati 34 35 6.0
Pittsburgh 33 36 7.0
Chicago 33 37 7.5

136 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    Over the course of a 162-game season there will be games that a team wins that they probably didn’t deserve to win! Last night’s game falls into that category IMO! Reds commit 5 errors; pitchers walk 8 (5 by HG) and inexplicably the last Milwaukee batter hits a popup bunt with the tying run at 3rd with 2 outs!

    Let’s call it what it was, an UGLY win! But it was an important win in the first game of a 3-game series against the NL Central Division leading Brewers!

    Honestly, as a stroke survivor, I bailed on the game coverage when Bell brought Diaz in with a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the 9th!

    Great throw by Benson to nail the runner at home and preserve the lead and allow the Reds to win!

    Need another win to win the series! Why not today! Go Reds!

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Abbott pitched 109.1 IP last year only at big league level but he pitched just about 54 IP in the minors too for a total of 163 IP thru 2023. He’s still far of reaching that number actually however he is in pace to do it…

  3. GreatRedLegsFan

    With current roster, even after the upcoming additions of Marte and perhaps McClain, Reds will continue to be a team hovering the .500 record and maybe a WC spot. A trade or two for a RH outfielder and a late innings reliever would make the cut, i.e., Rooker and Miller from the A’s.

    • Redsfan4life

      Every contender will want Miller and Rooker.

      • Melvin

        There are some pros to making deals before the trade deadline for both teams. Hopefully it will happen.

  4. Redsfan4life

    They should have did what San Diego did. Trade early. Longer they wait higher the cost likely.

  5. Mark Moore

    Need to shake the memory of last night off the books other than chalking up the W. New day, new game. Hope to see Abbott focus and be the efficient pitcher we’ve seen him be. Let’s Kick Bernie a Second Time!!

    Oh … and cleaner fielding, boyz … please?

    • Mike Adams

      To show how bad 5 errors were last night, the Reds could commit 3 today.
      It would fulfill your request for “cleaner fielding, boyz … please?” but no major league team should commit 3 or more errors in a game.

    • Jim Walker

      well, an ominous start for Abbott, a 10 pitch lead off PA and 6 to the #2 guy but at least 2 outs.

      • Jim Walker

        And he ends up at 29 pitches to complete the 1st.

  6. Mark Moore

    TJ and Elly took swats at it. And Candy continues to hit. 3 batters and now we’re into their Martinez.

  7. Dennis Westrick

    Mark & Melvin! Thank you for your concern about my wellbeing at the end (9th inning) of last night’s game! Once Diaz was announced, I was busy sticking pins into my Bell Voodoo doll and refilling Jobu’s rum glass!

  8. Mike Adams

    Let’s see, extrapolating from that first Brewers batter with 10 pitches, AA will need 270 pitches if he goes nine innings.
    Yeah, right….

    • Mike Adams

      Wait, 29 pitches first inning. AA will need only 261 to pitch nine innings.
      Maybe it will get better

  9. Dennis Westrick

    Two Out Syndrome with the young Reds SPs! As for Yelich, I still am bitter that the Reds did not acquire him when he made it obvious he wanted out of Miami!

  10. Dennis Westrick

    And there is the compulsory 2-out walk to ensure a 30-pitch 1st inning!

    • Mark Moore

      Chumpire squeezing him didn’t help, so this isn’t all on Abbott.

      • Dennis Westrick

        HP Robo Ump cannot be instated soon enough!

    • Dennis Westrick

      My bad! 29-pitch 1ist inning!

  11. Tom Mitsoff

    Abbott on his way to about five or six innings tops with the pitch count.

    • Mark Moore

      Are you in the house this weekend?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I wish. Watching from home. Targeting the series in Milwaukee in August, when hopefully the Reds will be right with the Brewers or ahead of them.

    • Mike Adams

      Yeah, only through 4 innings if he pitches the same as that first inning, 116 total.
      As I said above, maybe it will get better….

    • Jim Walker

      I think the bodywork the Brewers did on Abbott in the 1st will take him out before he gets through the 5th. He might not close the 4th depending on the game situation.

  12. Mark Moore

    AA is getting squeezed more than a little bit. I continue to grow more and more weary of the inconsistency from Chumpires and their Bizzarro Zones.

  13. RedsGettingBetter

    I’m starting to be tire of the bad calls by umps….
    Abbott having a very high pitch count thru the first inning…

    • Mark Moore

      Wretchedly inconsistent. And it does drive up pitch counts unnecessarily.

  14. Tom Mitsoff

    If Benson can get on somehow, I think Friedl will follow and do some damage.

      • Harry Stoner

        That was a really weak AB.

        I wish some of these young hitters would learn to foul off borderline pitches.

        Particularly with two strikes.

        Can’t leave it up to the ump on close calls.

      • Jim Walker

        @Harry>>> Agree, a guy can’t be caught looking at a pitch right down the tube with 2 on and 2 outs, especially on a short count.

    • Jim t

      Benson called out on strikes. I haven’t checked the stats but it seems he is called out a lot.

  15. Mike Adams

    “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things…”.
    This frustration would not be so bad if the Reds show improvement with experience.
    That is what I hope for, for the young pitchers, young hitters and young defenders.
    Hope never realized really stinks.

  16. Melvin

    Wasn’t exactly a good AB by Benson there.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      No, he looks at a lot of called strike threes, particularly on pitches low in the zone.

      • Jim Walker

        Pretty much he is telegraphing to opponents that’s a pitch he knows he can’t and thus inviting them to keep throwing there.

  17. Reddawg2012

    Will Benson is a strikeout machine.

  18. Mark Moore

    You’d swear the Chumpires are biased … clearly outside to Benson. Then he looks at one right down the can. It has to stop. MLB has to do something. Tennis did it quite a while ago and the balls move very fast at times there as well.

  19. Dennis Westrick

    What on earth is Benson doing? Swing the bat dude!

  20. RedAlert

    There is absolutley
    NO WAY Mr. WIFF Benson deserves the playing time he’s getting … he is absolutely
    atrocious at the plate …. There has to be a better option somewhere in this
    organization …. Come on KRALL , DO
    SOMETHING !!!

  21. Mark Moore

    Snoop Dog in the Bernie’s TV booth … somebody better have the delay mute button ready … 😀

    Another misplay from Elly. Need some Bike Helmets.

    • Harry Stoner

      Gin ‘n Juice, some Chronic and a bratwurst.

      Saturday afternoon at the ballpark!

  22. Dennis Westrick

    Dirty Birds are losing 5-1 to the Hibernators! A win today and we are back in 2nd place in the NL Central Division AND 5 games back of the Brew Crew!

    • Melvin

      …and back in the last WC spot if I’m not mistaken.

  23. Mark A Verticchio

    Might not be a popular thought but I wouldn’t mind seeing Marte at short some when he comes back, much better hands.

    • Mark Moore

      Given I’ve only seen him slotted in at 3B, I doubt that’s in Bell’s plan.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I am 100 percent with you. Despite the nice play EDLC just made, he’s not consistent enough defensively yet to be the everyday shortstop on a really good team. I really liked it last year when Marte was at SS and Elly at third. But I suspect the front office is going to keep Elly at short because they think he can be a superstar defensively with his athletic ability. I think that’s conceivable, but we haven’t seen any sign of it yet.

      • Mark Moore

        You mean MattyMc at SS, don’t you?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        You may be right … I didn’t double check my facts there. 🙂 But I was pretty sure I remembered Marte at short, EDLC at third and McLain at second late last year at least some of the time with India out.

      • Melvin

        He makes some very good plays but he’s not as smooth and quick as some SS. It’s hard for a 6’5″ guy to be that way.

        #EDLCCF 2025 😉

      • Melvin

        Arroyo at SS some time in 2025 hopefully. From what I’ve seen he looks to be the best in the organization.

  24. Mark Moore

    On what planet is that pitch a ball???

    I’m about to lose my you-know-what with this guy!!!!

    • Dennis Westrick

      I like them both! Soto would be my preference!

    • Mark Moore

      Remember Espinal was a FA. I’m thinking they won’t let him walk as sunk costs.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        He came in a trade from Toronto, and has options remaining. I really like what he’s doing as the reserve infielder. Lights out defensively no matter where you put him. A good team needs someone like that.

    • Melvin

      They both have played virtually every position.

  25. Mike Adams

    Hey hey hey! Only 17 pitches that inning. That IS better.

    • Dennis Westrick

      5 innings max for AA! Bell is giddy and oiling up the RP Roulette wheel already!

      • Mike Adams

        Yeah, he is saying “finally! I can manage something! watch my magic”

  26. Mark A Verticchio

    It seems like Elly has a much tougher time on plays where he has time to think.

    • Mark Moore

      Seems that’s one of the hallmarks of a good 3B. React, make the play, then think about it.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Thinking? There’s No Thinking in Baseball!

    • Daytonnati

      He also tries to backhand some balls the another SS would try and get in front of? I think it is to prepare for the throw, but when he whiffs, no chance to knock it down and still make a play.

  27. Mark Moore

    Friedl with another hard-hit unlucky AB.

  28. Dennis Westrick

    This HP umpire is God-awful!

    • Harry Stoner

      With two strikes you can’t stand there and leave it to the ump on borderline pitches.

      Cleveland hitters were fouling that stuff off time and again.

      Benson and EDLC could benefit from taking that approach.

      • Mark Moore

        Benson got screwed on strike 2. That set him up to look at the 3rd strike. Strike 3 to Elly was at least borderline. But still, the Chumpire is terrible and inconsistent.

      • Harry Stoner

        How does getting burned on one pitch set you up to choke on the next?

        Makes it even more useful to be proactive that you can just stand there and let the ump decide.

        Benson may have been ‘right’ but he still struck out.

        It’s like the Paul Newman line in Honda before the gunfight:
        “Remember, if you tie me, you’re still dead.”

    • Mark Moore

      You think? And how can the hitters get their jobs done when he can’t do his? Not to mention the pitch counts running up.

  29. Indy Red Man

    Not a strike to Elly. Ball curved around the plate but dude is painting out there. Right on the black or near it

  30. RedBB

    Yet another garbage ump…this fat clown is a joke

  31. Mark Moore

    Nice play by India. Probably a good thing Abbott didn’t get that. Would have been right on his throwing fingers.

  32. Mark Moore

    Great play by Steer. Abbott VERY late.

    • Jim Walker

      +1K later than late. More like out to lunch.

      Comp him to an athlete line Greene on the mound last night.

  33. Mark Moore

    Oh Melvin … grilling chicken breast fillets and peppers tonight … 😛

  34. Amarillo

    If it’s within the opposite batter’s box with 2 strikes you need to swing.

  35. Jim t

    Cubs beat the Cards. A reds win puts them in second place by themselves.and 5 out of first and at 500 on the season. Hope they make it happen.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      A win means a lot of good news! 🙂

    • Melvin

      We were .5 games behind the Cards for the last WC spot before today.

  36. Melvin

    70 pitches through 4. He might make it through 6. 🙂

  37. Reddawg2012

    This game is quickly becoming frustrating. India is so slow.

  38. Jim Walker

    Don’t want to jinx Abbott and the Reds but I’m wondering if both teams are a bit drained and punch drunk from that roller coaster of a game last night paired with the in between starting time this afternoon.

  39. Melvin

    That was close but another walk. Come on Abbott.

  40. Mark Moore

    At least two pitches from Abbott that were called strikes in other AB’s. I know I’m harping on the Chumpires again, but when is MLB going to do something to fix this obvious flaw?

  41. Mark Moore

    And that may be a Clete for me. I’ve got peppers to prep and my grill to get ready, so I won’t be commenting for a while.

  42. Jim Walker

    Scouts honor. Here is what I was in the middle of typing when that Brewers long ball happened……

    “Walking the #8 and #9 hitters to lead off an inning should have sent a huge red flag warning….”

    • Jim Walker

      Gameday says it was a dead fish 82mph change up right Broadway that got hit for the HR. The early game Brewers body punches paid off in triplicate.

      • Melvin

        For lack of a better term David Bell was the “luckiest” manager in the world last night leaving Diaz in. Didn’t work so well today leaving Abbott in today. These games against the Brewers should be played like playoff games.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell ALWAYS slow to react! Maybe, just maybe, if Bell pulls AA after the 2nd walk the Reds may have been able to limit the damage to 2 runs or less!

  43. Dennis Westrick

    Two (2) walks preceded Ortiz’s HR! Imagine that!

  44. Mark A Verticchio

    Looks like the Reds will have to depend on a very unpredictable Montas to win the series. It is really a big game because I sure don’t like Monday’s match up, Skeens vs Spiers. Don’t want to see a three game losing streak.

  45. Dennis Westrick

    Farmer in! Dennis out! Bell has thrown in the white towel!

    • VaRedsFan

      1-2-3
      Have a nice day though.
      If someone walks a guy, I’m sure we’ll hear about it though.

      • Dennis Westrick

        So, you are OK with AA walking the first 2 batters (8th & 9th in the batting order) in the bottom of the 5th? And then what happened? Oh, yes, a 3-run HR!

  46. Mark A Verticchio

    It may be low level situations, but Farmer has actually had a fairly nice year.

  47. Indy Red Man

    Bummer because AA had really good stuff, but their big boy was painting all day. They’re very good defensively too.

  48. Melvin

    We REALLY need some offensive help. Guys who can hit both lefties and righties decently at least.

  49. Jim Walker

    99.3MPH on Stuey’s line drive that Adames climbed the ladder to snowcone. That’s double if he doesn’t pick it. Some days…..

    • Jim Walker

      And Stephenson’s low liner ground out right at the 3B ahead of Stuey was 99.7.

    • Melvin

      Yeah but Matrini, Espinal, Benson………..smh We can cut a backup catcher some slack but still.

    • Tom Diesman

      Yeah the Reds had 9 balls with exit velocity 95+ that didn’t drop for hits today.

  50. Melvin

    As hard as it is to say Farmer seems to be better than Diaz right now but that’s really not saying too much.

  51. Mark A Verticchio

    Bottom line this team will never get back into the race unless somehow the offense picks it up. They might have their winning streaks, like everybody, but the offense is simply not consistent enough. Marte may help some but he is not the answer.

    • Melvin

      You got it. If we want to really win we need help.

    • Jim Walker

      I think Marte actually could be a difference maker if his presence bounces Steer back to LF every. Thus would platoon just one LH batting OF with the other as DH versus RHP and pick up a RH bomber bat to DH vs LHP.

      • Jim Walker

        Late auto fill, ugh. “…every.” above was “every day.” when I hit the SUBMIT button.

      • Melvin

        Yeah but even it that’s true Marte won’t be around for the playoffs. Platooning is really killing us.

    • Hanawi

      They could start by playing their better players. Fairchild isn’t great, but he’s better than both Benson and Hurtubise right now. It’s completely insane that he sits so much.

    • Jim Walker

      My plan just above would drop the Martini spot and Espinal spots for Marte and the RH hitting bomber bat.

  52. Melvin

    Candyman does it again with another RBI. Walks haunt both sides.

  53. Melvin

    Another stupid base running mistake by Candelario. You don’t run from 2B to 3B when the ball is hit in front of you in the infield. Basic fundamentals. smh

    • Melvin

      Especially in the 9th inning when you’re down two runs. We’ll never know but I wander how many more games we would win with better fundamentals….more accountability for not having a decent baseball IQ. One could argue that run wouldn’t have scored anyway but it did disrupt and changed the inning.

  54. Ron

    Offense needs a boost. Marte should help when he gets here. I would check with the Mets about JD Martinez or Starling Marte. Promote Soto. Soto likely better than Espinal.

  55. Tom Mitsoff

    Currently they’re essentially platooning at every position except catcher, second, short and center field. I doubt they are going to do what’s necessary to acquire a starting position player, but I sure would look into J.D. Martinez as DH.