The Pirates limp into Cincinnati tonight, looking to snap a 5-game losing streak against the equally hapless Reds. The Reds head into the series with the Bucs having lost 3 in a row, and currently reside in last place in the oft-criticized National League Central. While Cincinnati has gotten impressive performances from hitters such as Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Brandon Phillips, and feel-good story Josh Hamilton (now on the 15-day DL with a stomach ailment), the team is once again struggling to keep runs off the board. In particular, the back end of the Reds rotation has been offensive. Kyle Lohse (5.31 ERA) and Eric Milton (5.17 ERA; on the 15-day DL with a sprained left elbow) continue to prove that flyball pitchers, a bandbox stadium and immobile outfielders make for a combustible mix...

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