The Cincinnati Reds (21-24) and the Cleveland Indians (24-20) move their quest for the coveted Ohio Cup to the northernmost part of the state after splitting a two-game series at Great American Ball Park. The game will start at an odd time, 6:10 ET, which is when the Indians start all their home weekday games.
Lisalverto Bonilla will take the mound for the Reds as he tries to rebound from his bad start against the Rockies when he gave up six runs on eight hits in the 12-6 loss last Friday.
It’s a small sample size, but Bonilla has had just one good start, in which he pitched a complete game in San Francisco. Part of his problem is that he’s walked eight batters in 18.1 innings. In the Giants game, he walked only two. If he can maintain his control and limit his walks, he has a chance to go deep into the game.
Bauer has really struggled this season and one reason is his propensity for giving up the home run. He has given up 10 home runs already this season. In 2016, he gave up a total of 20. Against the Reds in his career, Bauer is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA in 14.1 innings. He’s given up 13 hits, including four home runs, against the Reds.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Scooter Gennett (DH)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
|1. Jason Kipnis (2B)
2. Francisco Lindor (SS)
3. Michael Brantley (LF)
4. Carlos Santana (1B)
5. Edwin Encarnacion (DH)
6. Jose Ramirez (3B)
7. Lonnie Chisenhall (RF)
8. Bradley Zimmer (CF)
9. Roberto Perez (C)
Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto are the only Reds to have more than one at-bat against Bauer. Suarez is hitless against him, and Votto is .333 with a home run off him. Jose Peraza will try to extend his 10-game hitting streak, and if he does, it would be the longest by a Reds batter this season.
Joey Votto Is Good
Joey Votto is now hitting .300/.422/.600. That'll do, Joey. That'll do.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) May 24, 2017
News and Notes
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 24, 2017
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) May 24, 2017
#Reds were outscored on the homestand, 35-34.
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) May 24, 2017
The Reds scored seven runs against Carlos Carrasco, the Indians best starting pitcher in 2017, and one of the best bullpens in the AL on Tuesday night and still came away with the loss. It speaks volumes about the pitching rotation, doesn’t it? Regardless, the Reds still have a chance to win the season series against the defending AL champions and bring the (very large) Ohio Cup trophy back to the Queen City.