|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBIt will be game two tonight in Cincinnati for the NL Central Reds when they face off for the second night in a row against the NL East leading Atlanta Braves. First pitch at the greatly named, Great American Ballpark is scheduled for 7:10ET.
On Monday night, in game one of this three game set, the Braves could only muster one run in a 4-1 defeat. The Reds Mike Leake not only threw a two hitter, but added insult to injury, by hitting a round tripper which was one of a trio hit back to back to back, after two outs had been recorded in the fourth inning. Leakes was the first of the three and came on a one ball, two strike count.
That was followed by rookie shortstop Zack Cozart, who had been mired in a 3 for 28 cold spell before hitting his fourth four bagger and the second of the three. Then it was Drew Stubbs turn, connecting for the second time of the evening, on his fifth homer, after running the count full. The Braves Mike Minor gave up a total of five hits with four of them being home runs.
Ex Cub, Sean Marshall got his eighth save for Cincy The Reds had a nice time in the Big Apple last week going 3-2 against the Mets and the Yanks in interleague play. Cincinnati (22-19) is in hot pursuit of the St. Louis Cardinals now trailing them by only a half game. Atlanta is 26-17 and leading the Washington Nationals by the same margin of a half a game.
The Braves have a decent road record of 16-10, while the Reds have gone just 10-8 at Great American. They are both 6-4 in their last 10. Tonights mound matchup has right hander Brian Beachy hurling for the Braves at 5 wins and 1 loss with an ERA of 1.33. In his last outing on May 17 he pitched a complete game shutout against Miami.
The Reds will counter with Mat Latos, also a righty, who is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.63. With Beachy throwing for the Braves, they have been installed as a road betting favorite at -$120. The Reds are listed at +$110. The over/under is 7.5 total runs on a $120/$100 moneyline.