Brewers at Reds
A visit to the worst pitching staff in the majors was all it took to snap the Milwaukee Brewers out of a wretched offensive slump. After mustering only two runs in a four-game sweep at the Chicago Cubs, the Brewers have a chance to close their nine-game road trip with a sweep of their own in Wednesday night's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds.
Travis Shaw belted a two-run homer and Jesús Aguilar and Hernan Perez added solo shots as Milwaukee followed up Monday's 6-5 victory by holding on for a 7-6 win 24 hours later. The Brewers have five homers and eight extra-base hits in the first two games of the series, including a two-run double by Ryan Braun that put them ahead for good Tuesday. Eugenio Suarez homered and drove in three runs to give him seven RBIs in the series for Cincinnati, which matched its worst 30-game start in history (1931, 1934) by falling to 7-23. Struggling Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, whose lone win came at Milwaukee on April 16 despite allowing four runs, will face left-hander Wade Miley on Wednesday night.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FS Ohio (Cincinnati)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers LH Wade Miley (2017: 8-15, 5.61 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (1-3, 7.85)
Miley signed a minor-league deal with Milwaukee after finishing with a career-worst 15 defeats in 2017, including losses in all five starts in September. The 31-year-old, called up to take the rotation spot of Brent Suter, struck out 11 batters over six scoreless innings in his final rehab start at Double-A. Joey Votto is 4-for-9 with a homer, double and two RBIs versus Miley, who is 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA against the Reds.
Castillo's ugly season hit a low point when he lasted only one inning last time out and was pummeled for five runs and six hits at Minnesota while failing to strike out a batter for the first time. It also marked the first time Castillo has failed to go five innings, although he has permitted at least three runs in each turn -- the last five away from home. He was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts versus the Brewers last season.
1. Brewers RH Jeremy Jeffress had his 12th consecutive scoreless outing with 1 2/3 innings Tuesday to earn his first save since 2016.
2. Reds 2B Rosell Herrera collected his first career hit in place of Scooter Gennett, who grounded out as a pinch hitter Tuesday.
3. Brewers SS Orlando Arcia had three hits after going 1-for-15 in his previous five games.