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Game Thread #93: Brewers (47-45) at Pirates (40-51)

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3 game series vs Pirates @ PNC Park

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Monday, Jul 20, 2009, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Mike Burns vs Ross Ohlendorf

Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Tue 07/21 6:05 PM CDT
Wed 07/22 11:35 AM CDT

Both starters may leave the game early tonight, as neither one really tops a hundred pitches often.

Ross Ohlendorf was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed with them in 2004. He was subsequently traded to the Yankees, along with a handful of other players, for Randy Johnson of all people. He came to the Pirates in 2008 in a trade for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. He is currently 7-7 with an ERA of 4.64 while striking out about five batters every nine innings. He hasn't faced the Brewers before, so it will be interesting to see how the batters handle him.

Mike Burns has faced Pittsburgh a number of times as a reliever with both the Astros and the Reds, but hasn't faced them as a starter before. With that said, he has a certain advantage over Ohlendorf, as he's seen some of these hitters before. He's pitched about as well as one could expect a 30-year old AAA veteran to do in the majors, winning half of his starts with an ERA of 5.54.

Lineup:

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

State of the Bullpen:

Seth McClung pitched two innings last night (38 pitches).
Carlos Villanueva threw two pitches on Friday.
Chris Smith last pitched Friday (25 pitches).
Mark DiFelice threw 19 pitches in one inning Saturday night.
Mitch Stetter pitched last on Friday night (11 pitches).
Todd Coffey hasn't pitched since Saturday's split 22 pitch rain delay.
Hells Bells hasn't pitched since Thursday night (11 pitches).

The Monday night game thread is now open.