Astros vs. Reds: Wednesday's preview and lineups

Astros vs. Reds: Wednesday's preview and lineups
September 18, 2013, 5:15 pm
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After being pummeled the past two nights by the Reds, the Astros have one final chance of getting a win in the three-game series which concludes on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is making his first major league start, batting ninth. The speedster has made five appearances as a pinch runner and two as a defensive replacement in center. Hamilton is the only modern major league player to have a stolen base in each of his first four career appearances. Hamilton stole 155 bases last season in the minors.

Houston right-hander Brad Peacock (5-5) will oppose right-hander Greg Reynolds (1-2). Houston has played 841 games versus Cincinnati, their most against an opponent with the Reds holding a 441-399-1 advantage. The Astros are 14-9 on Wednesday, their only winning day of the week. Second baseman Jose Altuve remains in the 2-hole for the Astros. Altuve leads the majors in hits in September with 30. He has one four-hit game and four three-hit games.

The Reds have won 16 of the last 18 series against Houston. First baseman Joey Votto has hit in 23 consecutive games at Minute Maid Park (45-for-92), the longest hitting streak ever at the venue. Last night Jay Bruce’s fourth-inning grand slam was his 30th home run of the season, giving him 100 RBIs on the season. Bruce has reached the 30-homer plateau three straight seasons, joining five other Reds to accomplish the mark. Frank Robinson (1958-62), Adam Dunn (2004-08), Ted Kluszewski (1953-56) George Foster (1973-79) and Lee May (1969-71). Both Bruce and Robinson were born in Beaumont.


Here are Wednesday’s lineups:


Astros (51-100)

  1. Jonathan Villar SS
  2. Jose Altuve 2B
  3. Trevor Crowe RF
  4. Marc Krauss DH
  5. Matt Dominguez 3B
  6. Chris Carter LF
  7. Brett Wallace 1B
  8. Carlos Corporan C
  9. Brandon Barnes CF

RHP Brad Peacock (5-5, 5.27 ERA)



Reds (86-66)


  1. Shin-Soo Choo LF
  2. Brandon Phillips 2B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Jay Bruce RF
  5. Ryan Ludwick DH
  6. Todd Frazier 3B
  7. Zack Cozart SS
  8. Devin Mesoraco C
  9. Billy Hamilton CF

RHP Greg Reynolds (1-2, 5.66 ERA)



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