Game Preview/Thread #-17: Brewers (7-9) @ Diamondbacks (7-10)

Christian Petersen

Join us in here for the first televised night game of the spring.

Broadcast information: Tonight's game will be televised on FS Wisconsin with Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder on the call for a 9:10 Central time first pitch.

Looks like I'm going to need a nap tomorrow.

With that said, I'll be staying up past my bedtime tonight to watch the Brewers take on righthander Randall Delgado (15.00 ERA this spring, 4.37/4.04 ERA/FIP in 2012), a 23-year-old Panamanian pitcher the Diamondbacks acquired over the winter in the B.J. Upton deal. Delgado is making his third appearance of the spring and his first since March 2, when he pitched two innings against the Rangers and allowed a run on three hits.

Despite just having turned 23 in February, Delgado has already made 25 major league appearances and 24 starts over the last two seasons. He's only the third Panamanian pitcher ever to appear in a major league game before his 22nd birthday, joining Rupe Toppin of the 1962 Philadelphia A's and Bruce Chen of the 1998 Braves.

Delgado throws a low-90's fastball with a steady selection of changeups and curves. He's never faced the Brewers in the regular season.

He'll face veteran righthander Yovani Gallardo (10.13 ERA this spring, 3.66/3.94 ERA/FIP in 2012), who is making just his second official Cactus League appearance of the spring. After being scratched from his last scheduled spring start some time ago, Gallardo pitched two outings (one in an exhibition and one in pool play) for Team Mexico in the WBC. He pitched 3.1 innings on Friday night and allowed a run on two hits, walking one and striking out four.

Gallardo threw 49 pitches on Friday night after missing some time with a groin issue, so he'll probably be limited to something like 65 pitches today. He'll probably make this start and two more this spring before getting the ball on Opening Day, barring something unforeseen.

Gallardo has faced the Diamondbacks seven times during the regular season and has never lost against them, going 6-0 with a 1.02 ERA over 44 innings with 43 strikeouts. He allowed just one earned run over 14 innings against Arizona a year ago.

As of this writing I haven't seen tonight's lineup. If you have, please drop it in the comments.

It's a picture-perfect night for baseball in Arizona, with a game time temp around 82 dropping into the low 70's as the night goes along.

Enjoy the game!

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