Major League Baseball
Milwaukee at Cincinnati
When: 7:10 PM ET, Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Scooter Gennett has sweetened the pot by pushing his hitting streak to seven games against the team that waived him in spring training. The 27-year-old Gennett aims to send the cellar-dwelling Cincinnati Reds to a three-game home series sweep of the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Great American Ball Park.

Gennett launched a two-run homer in Wednesday's 4-3 victory to improve to 12-for-30 with three blasts, five RBIs and 10 runs scored during his hitting streak. Adam Duvall went deep for the second straight contest to highlight his third consecutive two-RBI performance heading into a matchup versus Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson, against whom he is 6-for-12 in his career. While Cincinnati has won three of four after a dismal 1-13 stretch, Milwaukee has dropped four of five on its six-game road trip. Ryan Braun tied Lance Berkman for the most homers (23) by a visiting player at Great American Ball Park and looks to tee off against Homer Bailey, against whom he is 12-for-37 with two blasts.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FSN Ohio (Cincinnati)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Jimmy Nelson (5-4, 3.50 ERA) vs. Reds RH Homer Bailey (0-1, 43.20)

Nelson sustained his first loss in a month on Friday after allowing four runs in five innings of a 5-4 setback at Atlanta. The 28-year-old fanned eight batters in that contest and 49 over his last six outings. Nelson improved to 4-3 in his career versus Cincinnati after permitting one run in seven innings in a 5-1 triumph on April 13.

Bailey's season debut was an unmitigated disaster, as the 31-year-old yielded eight runs on six hits with three walks in 1 2/3 innings at Washington. "I had no excuses. I just didn't pitch well. That's all I can say," Bailey said after the 18-3 shellacking. Bailey will look to rebound against Milwaukee, against which he is 5-8 with a 4.64 ERA in 22 career appearances.


1. Milwaukee 3B Travis Shaw has homered in three straight games, going 4-for-9 with six RBIs and five runs scored.

2. Cincinnati 3B Eugenio Suarez is 1-for-18 in his last seven outings.

3. Brewers 1B Eric Thames is 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in the series and 15-for-92 with 39 strikeouts in June.

PREDICTION: Brewers 6, Reds 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Milwaukee 41-39 L2 21-22 20-17 7-6 18-17 12-13 4-3
Cincinnati 33-44 W2 21-18 12-26 6-6 17-15 5-14 5-9
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Cincinnati
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/28/17 MIL 3 CIN 4 .250 2 .743 .143 2 .651
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Milwaukee O. Arcia .406 13 1.066
Cincinnati J. Votto .286 8 1.111
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Milwaukee E. Thames 8 14 13
Cincinnati A. Duvall 4 6 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
Milwaukee 3.81 .275 65
Cincinnati 6.69 .230 80
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Milwaukee T. Shaw .294 79 .918
Cincinnati Z. Cozart .320 70 .966
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Milwaukee E. Thames 20 50 40
Cincinnati J. Votto 21 55 55
Pitching ERA Avg K
Milwaukee 4.24 .252 633
Cincinnati 5.25 .261 596