Behold the majesty of Salt River Fields. This is the Brewers' first and only trip there this spring.
Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and more!
Fair or unfair, there's a portion of us that will always think of Daniel Hudson (4.00 ERA this spring, 3.49/.328 ERA/FIP in 2011) as the pitcher the Brewers could have (should have?) gotten for Prince Fielder at one point. That water is under the bridge, though, and despite being just 25 Hudson was a workhorse for the Diamondbacks last season. He blew his previous career highs out of the water by pitching 227.1 innings last season (222 regular season plus 5.1 playoffs), and posted a 3.49 ERA while walking just two batters per nine and winning the NL Silver Slugger Award.
Hudson is making his fourth start of the spring today, and allowed two runs on two hits to the White Sox over four innings Friday. He struck out six batters in the outing and has K'd ten batters in nine innings this spring. He has yet to allow a home run in Cactus League play, and the walk he gave up last time out was his first of the spring.
Hudson, as you may recall, allowed five runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings in his lone NLDS appearance against the Brewers, a 9-4 Brewer win in Game 2. The Brewers also knocked him around once during the regular season, scoring six runs on eight hits over four innings against him on July 4.
He'll face Yovani Gallardo (4.32 ERA this spring, 3.52/3.59 ERA/FIP in 2011), who remains on pace to make this start and two more before taking the ball on Opening Day. All four of the runs Gallardo has allowed this spring came on Friday, when the Royals plated them on five hits in just three innings. Seven of the nine batters Gallardo retired in that game were sent down via strikeout.
Like Hudson, Gallardo set a new career high for innings pitched in 2011. He threw 207.1 in the regular season and 19 in the playoffs for a total of 226.1, when his previous best had been 185.2 in 2009.
Gallardo started two of the Brewers three wins against the Diamondbacks in the NLDS, allowing a combined two runs on ten hits over 14 innings and striking out 14. He also beat them twice during the regular season, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits over 13 innings. His combined ERA against them in 2011 was 1.33 in 27 innings.
Here's today's lineup:
Enjoy the game!