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Cincinnati0 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 6111
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  W: J. Hader (2-3)   L: D. McGuire (0-1)   S: C. Knebel (38)
4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT, September 26, 2017
Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  Attendance: 30,079

Brewers begin series vs. Reds with eyes on wild card

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

  1. The Brewers fell to the Cubs, 5-0, on Sunday to lose their weekend series against the Cubs, three games to one. Jose Quintana threw a shutout against the Brewers to earn the win. It was the first shutout by a lefty against the Brewers in Milwaukee in more than 20 years. David Wells was the last one in July of 1997 as a member of the Yankees.
  2. The Reds lost 5-4 to Boston on Sunday as the Red Sox completed the three-game sweep. The Reds are now just 1-7 all-time against the Red Sox in Cincinnati during the regular season. They took two of three against the Red Sox in the Queen City during the 1975 World Series.
  3. Zach Davies has 17 wins on the season to lead the Brewers and is just one behind Clayton Kershaw for the National League lead. With another win, Davies will become just the eighth pitcher in franchise history with 18 or more wins in a single season and the first since Chris Capuano won 18 games in 2005.
  4. The Reds' swept a three-game series the last time the two teams faced each other earlier this month although the Brewers still lead the season series 9-7. The Brewers have hit 37 home runs against the Reds this season, which is their most against any single opponent in a single-season in franchise history.
  5. Joey Votto has a career 1.085 OPS at Miller Park, which is the highest of any player since the park opened in 2001 (minimum 200 plate appearances).
  6. Eric Thames has hit 10 home runs against the Reds this season, which is tied for the most home runs in a single season against any single opponent among active players. Nolan Arenado also hit 10 home runs against the Giants during the 2015 season while Kris Bryant hit 10 home runs against the Reds last season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/26/2017 thru 9/28/2017

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers got some help from the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs on their day off Monday, but they still have little room for error as they try to chase down a playoff berth for the first time in six years.

The Brewers kick off their stretch run Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park.

The Reds stunned the Brewers earlier this month, sweeping a three-game series in Cincinnati by a combined score of 21-8, but revenge isn't the mindset Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell is looking for when the teams meet again this week.

"I don't think it's about payback," Counsell said. "Obviously, they beat us in three games. We're certainly aware that we have to play well and it's not something we can take lightly.

"The day off is important for us to get some guys rested. It's an important day, and it's another big series."

Perhaps the biggest in what has been a month of big series for the Brewers, who were supposed to be running out the string on another season of rebuilding.

Milwaukee's chances of overtaking Chicago for first place in the National League Central all but disappeared over the weekend when the Brewers dropped three of four to the Cubs. Chicago holds a six-game lead on Milwaukee with six to play after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-2 on Monday night.

The Brewers would have to win out and the Cubs would have to lose their final six games just to force a one-game playoff for the division title.

With that scenario unlikely, the focus now is on catching Colorado for the last remaining National League wild-card spot. The Rockies' lead was trimmed to 1 1/2 games over the Brewers when Colorado lost 5-4 to Miami on Monday, but catching up might take a near-perfect finish. The Cardinals are still in the mix, 2 1/2 games behind the Rockies.

"We just have to win," Counsell said. "We're close enough, to me, where if we take care of our business, there will be a good result."

Zach Davies gets the start for Milwaukee in the series opener. He has faced Cincinnati three times this season, going 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA. He held the Reds to two runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings during the sweep earlier this month.

"No matter who we're playing, all of these games matter right now," Davies said, "We just have to play winning baseball now, no matter who it is."

He has a 4.50 ERA in three stars since facing Cincinnati. Two of those were seven-inning efforts in which he held the Cubs to three combined runs, sandwiched around a blowup outing against the Marlins, when he allowed six runs in four innings.

Like most of his teammates, Davies is pitching in his first-ever playoff race.

"It's been a fun September already, and now it's going to be a race to the end," Davies said.

Cincinnati right-hander Deck McGuire will make his first big league start on Tuesday. A September call-up after going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for Double-A Pensacola, McGuire has made four relief appearances for the Reds, allowing two hits while striking out four in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

"We're certainly aware of the type of season he had in the Southern League," Reds manager Bryan Price said of the 28-year-old Virginia native. "He looks like a capable swing guy -- swing relief, spot starter, or maybe better than that.

"It is a small sample size, but he is coming off a really nice year in Double-A and coming up and showing his competitiveness and his inherent ability to throw strikes with a full set of pitches. That is attractive. He has opened our eyes.

"Maybe he is just one of those guys who blooms late."

The Reds have won four of their past six meetings with the Brewers, who lead the season series 9-7.

Updated September 26, 2017

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