Game preview (9/9/16): Tim Adleman has seen a recent home run problem

Overview: Tim Adleman will look to correct his home run problem against the Pirates, while Sal Romano will look to continue his success into the playoffs.

reds

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Tim Adleman (2-3, 4.02 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 30 K, 13 BB)

Notes: Overall, Adleman is sitting at a season ERA of 4.02, but that number can be a tad deceiving. In eight starts, he has posted a 1.289 WHIP and allowed 39 hits in 40.1 innings of work. However, the right hander really struggled with base runners in his first three starts since returning to the Reds after an injury in May. In those first three starts, Adleman allowed 17 hits and three walks in 16 innings of work. However, the biggest issue has been a common one for the Reds…home runs. Adleman has allowed seven home runs in his last three starts.

pensacola

Pensacola at Mississippi, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Sal Romano (6-11, 3.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 144 K, 34 BB)

Notes: Sal Romano has been on a tear of late with Pensacola over the past couple of months. In two of his last four starts, Romano has tossed eight scoreless innings. The other two starts, he lasted six innings in each and allowed a combined 20 hits and six runs in the four starts. This continues a strong trend, as Romano posted a 2.25 ERA in July and a 1.83 ERA in August. After struggling at the beginning of the season, Romano rebounded nicely in the second half, and he looks to keep Pensacola from falling behind in its playoff series.

billings

Billings at Great Falls, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ian Kahaloa (2-2, 2.82 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 42 K, 13 BB)

Notes: After starting strong with Billings in 2016, Kahaloa hit the wall a bit toward the middle of the season. However, he is trending in the right direction again now. In his last 18.1 innings of work, Kahaloa has allowed 12 hits and five earned runs. Prior to those starts, he had allowed 20 hits and nine runs in his previous four starts. Overall, Kahaloa has had a strong season, posting ERAs in the twos in July and 3.32 in August.

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