What’s gone right for the Reds to keep them in contention?
1. Pitching success: The Reds held the Brewers scoreless for the last 23 innings of the series. Their team ERA stands at 3.65, the second-best mark in the National League.
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Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29 ERA) threw a season-high 7 2/3 innings Thursday. For the second time this season, he allowed one hit through seven innings. He ranks second in the National League in ERA and sixth in strikeouts (124).
“I don’t know what to say about our pitching,” Bell said. “They’re doing everything they possibly can to give us a chance to win. (Against) this Brewers team, which we know is a good team with a very good lineup, to limit the scoring like they did in the series, especially in the last three games, it shows so much about all the hard work and their preparation and how they continue to develop as a staff. That was clearly the story today.”
2. Slumping opponents: The Reds remain in last place despite their recent run of success only because the Pittsburgh Pirates have won six of their last 10. The Pirates lead the Reds by a half game.
The top teams in the division have faded in recent weeks. The Brewers were 11 games over .500 on June 11 and are now four games over. The Cubs were 10 games over on June 9 and now have the same record as the Brewers. The Cardinals were 10 games over on May 1, slipped to .500 on May 22 and now sit 1½ games back of first place at 43-42.
3. Hot Puig: Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig drove in the only run of the game Thursday. He ranks second on the team with 49 RBIs. He has raised his average from .210 to .249 in the last month.
Indians at Reds, 4:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410