Wily Peralta struggled against the Reds in his last outing, but he will get his chance at redemption when he pitches on Saturday. The Brewers took the opening game of the series with a 6-4 win.
This season, Peralta owns a 1-3 record and 5.11 ERA in four starts against Cincinnati. That one win was a three-hit shutout. But he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings against them on Sunday.
"I think if I had better command with the fastball today, something else would have happened," Peralta said after his last start. "That's what I'm trying to do, just keep the ball on the ground, and if they hit it right at people, we can get a double play and get out of the inning. These kind of days are going to happen -- they're going to find a hole for a base hit."
It has been an up-and-down year for Peralta, who is in his first full year in the big leagues. In July, he allowed nine earned runs in 38 innings. He's allowed 10 runs in 18 2/3 innings this month.
"Almost every single young pitcher that comes through the big leagues goes through this stuff," manager Ron Roenicke said. "All the good ones, if you look back at what they did, they scuffled somewhere in their career, and usually it's the first year or the second year."
The Reds will send to the mound Bronson Arroyo, who has been strong since the All-Star break, minus one disastrous start. While he didn't have his best stuff in his last outing on Monday, he was able to earn the win after allowing three runs on seven hits in six innings.
"I was just struggling a bit, physically," Arroyo said. "Some days, you go run a marathon, and a third of the way in, you're like, 'I don't know how I'm going to make it to the end of this road.' That's the way I felt tonight, but fortunately enough, I made some big pitches in some big situations in the first five innings."
Brewers: Gindl recalled from Minors
The Brewers recalled outfielder Caleb Gindl on Friday after he was optioned on Aug. 14 and spent the minimum 10 days at Triple-A Nashville.
Gindl hit .300 (9-for-30) with a homer and six RBIs in seven games for Nashville. He's batting .282 in 32 games for Milwaukee this season.
"He didn't get sent down because he wasn't doing well," Roenicke said. "He got sent down because we had a couple issues with our pitching that we needed to have another pitcher, so he was the guy we sent down. I explained that to him. I think he knows that. He went down, he played hard."
Reds: Cingrani may miss next start
Tony Cingrani's latest bullpen session was cut short by Reds head trainer Paul Lessard on Friday, reducing the odds that the lefty's back injury will improve enough for his next start on Sunday.
"He said it was still uncomfortable," Lessard said. "Why keep going if it's uncomfortable? I said, 'OK, we're done.'"
Cingrani strained his right lower back in his start on Tuesday and exited after pitching only 3 2/3 innings. If he's unable to pitch on Sunday, the Reds could summon right-hander Greg Reynolds from Triple-A Louisville, who is 12-3 with a 2.32 ERA in the Minors.
• Jonathan Broxton had season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm. His rehabilitation is expected to last about six months, which would put his return close to the start of Spring Training in 2014.
• The Reds have won or tied seven of the last nine series against the Brewers.
• Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 23, Khris Davis entered Friday ranked fourth in the National League with a .370 batting average in that span. He went 2-for-3 with two homers in Friday's game.
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.