Live From Milwaukee: Brewers/Reds Rubber Game

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On the final day of a three-game series with the division’s now-tied-for first-place Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers host an afternoon rubber game. The game is not televised today; which means you can tune in on your radio or follow along on foxsportswisconsin.com.

Tuesday night’s loss prevented the Crew from earning a broom trifecta—or third consecutive home sweep—after the Crew swept both the Pirates and the Nationals at Miller Park earlier this month. Today, we’ll keep you informed live from Miller Park with updates during the game @MilwBrewersBeat on Twitter as well as post-game coverage and features.

By Melissa S. Wollering, Brewers Contributor to FoxSportsWisconsin.com & The Sportsbank.net 
Corey Hart

The team has still won 11 of its last 16 games and now has 60 games left in the season with which to climb back above .500.  The long ball still seems to be the secret ingredient in any winning recipe—the Brewers have homered in 16 straight games.  That is the team’s longest active streak and second longest streak in Major League Baseball this season.

On the mound for the Brewers, Chris Narveson is 8-6 this season with a 2.25 lifetime ERA against Cincinnati.  Meantime, lefty Travis Wood takes the mound for the Reds, with a 0-1 record in five starts this season.  He has allowed 12 hits over his first four big league starts. This is his first game pitching against the Brewers. 

Here’s the lineup for this cloudy, open roof, midweek game; before a much needed day off Thursday for the team.

2B RICKIE WEEKS
SS ALCIDES ESCOBAR
LF RYAN BRAUN
1B PRINCE FIELDER
3B CASEY McGEHEE
C  JONATHAN LUCROY
CF CARLOS GOMEZ
RF JOE INGLETT
SP CHRIS NARVESON

Corey Hart is still unavailable other than to pinch-run today. Manager Ken Macha says Hart should be ready to go Friday for the Houston series opener. Hart he doesn’t mind and doesn’t want to return prematurely, after hurting his thumb Friday at the wall.

“It’s still hurting but it’s getting better every day,” said Hart. “It’s one of those things; I want to come out but I don’t want to push it.  I don’t want to come back and miss more in the long-run.”

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