Game Thread #-14: Brewers (11-7) @ Mariners (10-4)

Stay up late with us tonight and watch the only Brewer night game of the spring.

Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and more!

Yovani Gallardo (3.12 ERA this spring) will look to continue what's been a very good month of March. As he enters his fourth outing tonight, Gallardo leads all Brewers with eleven strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work, and he's done it while walking just two. 

Gallardo last pitched on Friday, when he allowed one run on four hits over 3.2 innings against the A's, walking one and striking out four. That outing was on short rest but Gallardo is back to his normal schedule tonight, and as such he can likely be expected to pitch at least five innings.

As you might expect, Gallardo has never faced the Mariners during the regular season.

He'll face off against top Mariner prospect Michael Pineda (2.57 ERA this spring), who split 2010 between AA and AAA. Pineda just turned 22 in January and posted a 3.36 ERA with 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings over 25 minor league starts last season. 

There are only a handful of pitchers in all of baseball who get an "A" grade from John Sickels, but Pineda is one of them. Here's an excerpt from his scouting report in Sickels' Baseball Prospect Book 2011:

Pineda used to throw in the 88-93 range but was up to 92-98 last year, and hit 100 at times. He improved his slider and made progress with his changeup, although the latter pitch needs a bit more work...Pineda looks like a future number two starter to me, and perhaps even a number one if everything goes right. 

Lineup

Carlos Gomez is still out of the lineup tonight, but Yuniesky Betancourt and Chris Dickerson are back in there:

Actually, nevermind. Dickerson was a late scratch.

Rickie Weeks 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Ryan Braun LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Erick Almonte 1B
George Kottaras C
Brandon Boggs CF
Mat Gamel DH
Luis Cruz RF

Weather

It was a hot one in Arizona today, but it should cool off a bit tonight. Weather.com predicts game time temps around 84, dropping to the mid 70's by the time the game ends.

Coverage

For the first time this spring, we have a pink eye warning. Tonight's game will be covered on FS Wisconsin, joined in progress after the Bucks game. Watch the Bucks at your own risk. Audio is also available via Gameday Audio.

Enjoy the game!

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