The Cincinnati Reds had a pair of odd things happen in Monday’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. For one, Homer Bailey threw with decreased velocity and fired ample meatballs, yet still turned in a decent-enough start. Then, Jared Hughes actually got knocked around a bit, something that seemingly hasn’t happened all season.
The result: a 5-2 loss to open the series, and one they’ll try to kick from memory before Tuesday’s clash.
Sal Romano will get the start for the Reds, and he’ll do so hoping that his recent rough stretch is all in the past. Over his last 10 games pitched - including 8 games started - he’s posted an ugly 5.56 ERA, including the ugly 6 ER he allowed in just 1.2 IP against Cleveland a week ago in his previous start. Considering that September call-ups are just around the corner and that the Reds have a glut of starting pitching options knocking on the door and already on the 40-man roster, tonight would be a really, really good time for Sal to spin a gem in order to keep his regular spot in the rotation down the stretch.
The Brewers will counter with starter Junior Guerra, who has allowed 4 ER in 11.2 IP in a pair of starts against the Reds so far this season. Milwaukee won both of those games, for the record.
First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET, because Central Time is stupid.