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Game Thread #88: Dodgers (55-32) at Brewers (45-42)

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3 game series vs Dodgers @ Miller Park

Fri 07/10 WP: Ramon Troncoso (3-0)
LP: Carlos Villanueva (2-6)
8 - 12 loss
Sat 07/11 WP: Mike Burns (2-2)
LP: Jeff Weaver (5-3)
6 - 3 win

Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Sunday, Jul 12, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Clayton Kershaw vs Yovani Gallardo

Partly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 80.

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The Brewers guaranteed a record over .500 at the All-Star break with last night's win. Today they try to take the series from the Dodgers in a nationally televised game (on TBS). On the mound for the Crew is Yovani Gallardo, who is in the NL top ten in wins, strikeouts, batting average against, and ERA but was not tabbed for the All-Star team. As good as Yovani has been overall, he's been even better during day games, putting up a 1.36 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. The offense has not supported him, however, as he is only 2-3 in seven starts.

The Brewers will face Clayton Kershaw, a young lefty who is nearly as difficult to hit as Yovani Gallardo. Where Gallardo thrives in the daytime, Kershaw struggles, having lasted only 27 2/3 IP in five starts with a 4.55 ERA and 21 walks against 28 strikeouts. However, he's been on a tear lately, with an 0.61 ERA in his last five starts, four of which were scoreless. A tendency to walk batters can drive up his pitch count, so it will be interesting to see if the Brewers lineup will try to wait him out of the game.

The lineup and bullpen rundown can be found after the jump.

Bill Hall gets the start at third base today, and a FanShot'd McCalvy post mentioning a meeting between the front office and Hall doesn't shed much light on why. It's still an interesting read. Maybe he's being showcased for a headscratcher trade? Whatever the reason, he's again in the lineup against the lefty. Corey Hart has eschewed another day of rest before the All-Star break and is starting in right field. JJ Hardy, curiously, has the day off.

Kendall C
Hart RF
Braun LF
Fielder 1B
McGehee 2B
Cameron CF
Hall 3B
Counsell SS
Gallardo RHP

The bullpen contains fewer hijinks, at least until the game begins:

Trevor Hoffman has pitched in two straight games, throwing seven pitches in last night's save and eight in Friday night's debacle.
Todd Coffey threw 13 pitches while striking out the side in one inning last night.
Mitch Stetter had the day off yesterday after appearing in three straight games.
Mark DiFelice last pitched on Friday, throwing 14 pitches in a perfect eighth inning.
Chris Smith last pitched on Friday, throwing 6 pitches in 2/3 of an inning.
Chris Narveson is waiting to clear waivers. Gotcha!
Carlos Villanueva, pitching like he wants to be on waivers, too, last took the mound on Friday. He gave up six runs on 26 pitches while recording only one out.
Seth McClung has pitched in back-to-back games, throwing seven pitches Friday and 25 last night.