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Game Thread #55: Milwaukee Brewers (31-23) at Atlanta Braves (26-26)

The NL East swing continues tonight as the Brewers move to Atlanta. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to start the first game against Jair Jurrjens. Jurrjens is the righty the Braves received for Edgar Renteria two years ago. He throws in the low 90s and uses a changeup and slider about 20% of the time each to complement his fastball. His strikeout and walk numbers are not spectacular, but at about 6:3 for his career, they are solid.

Mat Gamel will get a chance to start all three games in this series, and we will be witnessing the Braves debut of Nate McLouth in tonight's game. He'll bat third ahead of Chipper Jones. Lineups:

C. Counsell, 2B
J. Hardy, SS
R. Braun, LF
P. Fielder, 1B
M. Cameron, CF
M. Gamel, 3B
C. Hart, RF
J. Kendall, C
Y. Gallardo, P

K. Johnson, 2B
Y. Escobar, SS
N. McLouth, CF
C. Jones, 3B
B. McCann, C
G. Anderson, LF
J. Francoeur, RF
M. Prado, 1B
J. Jurrjens, P

Gamel, of course, is starting because Jurrjens has never--not even once!--gotten him out.

The bullpen rest situation:

  • Chris Smith pitched an inning on Wednesday in Nashville
    Seth McClung pitched Wednesday for 3.1 innings and Monday for one inning
    Todd Coffey threw an inning and 1/3 last night
    Carlos Villanueva last pitched Monday for one inning
    Mike Burns pitched Tuesday for four innings.
    Mitch Stetter threw 2/3 of an inning last night
    Trevor Hoffman threw 1 inning on Wednesday

Game time is 6:35 Central. It's Yovani day, and go Brewers!