Brewers-Reds Preview

Yovani Gallardo has endured a rough time on and off the field of

Things on the field might not get easier for the right-hander as
he tries to help the Milwaukee Brewers avoid a fourth straight loss
to the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Gallardo (11-6, 3.50 ERA) has posted an 11.17 ERA in his last
two starts. He pitched 6 1-3 innings and struck out 10 against Los
Angeles on Thursday, but gave up six runs in a 7-1 loss.

Hours after that defeat, Gallardo and a clubhouse attendant were
robbed at gunpoint in a supermarket parking lot.

“It was a scary moment for me,” Gallardo said.

He allowed six runs and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 12-4 loss
to Cincinnati on July 27. Gallardo has gone 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA in
seven starts against the Reds.

Cincinnati (76-55) increased its division lead to six games over
St. Louis with a 5-4, 10-inning win over Milwaukee on Monday.
Cincinnati, 5-1 against the Brewers, has won 12 of 16 since being
swept by the Cardinals earlier this month.

Though the division lead is the biggest for the Reds since they
last reached the postseason in 1995, this current club is not
taking anything for granted.

”You know (Cardinals) aren’t worried about six games,” said
outfielder Jay Bruce, who singled home the winning run and homered
for the fifth time in four games Monday. “It’s going to be a battle
until the end. That’s what we expect.”

Joey Votto had an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to
nine games. He has batted .356 with 21 RBIs in his last 19 contests
and is 13 for 26 with seven RBIs against the Brewers this

The Reds’ Aaron Harang (6-7, 5.02) will come off the disabled
list to make his first start in two months Tuesday. The
right-hander posted a 3.26 ERA in his last three starts before
being sidelined with back spasms at the end of June.

Despite giving up 11 earned runs and 14 hits in 11 innings over
two rehab starts at Triple-A Louisville, Harang feels ready to

“I was down there to build up my endurance,” he told the Reds’
official website. “I wasn’t worrying about the outcome. I wanted to
get my feel back, getting the repetition and timing. I haven’t had
any (back) issues.”

Harang has gone 5-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 18 starts versus
Milwaukee (62-69) but lost his last two – both in 2009 – with an
8.74 ERA.

Prince Fielder is batting .333 with three homers against Harang.
The Milwaukee slugger doubled Monday but is 4 for 19 versus
Cincinnati this season.

Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee had a run-scoring double for his major
league-leading 28th RBI in August. The third baseman is 9 for 22
against the Reds in 2010.

The Brewers could be the first team to face left-hander Aroldis
Chapman, who is expected to be called up from the minors and used
out of the bullpen. The 22-year-old Cuban defector signed a
six-year, $30.25 million deal with Cincinnati in January.