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Game Thread #94: Brewers (47-46) at Pirates (40-52)

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Pirates lead the series 1-0

Mon 07/20 WP: Ross Ohlendorf (8 - 7)
LP: Mike Burns (2 - 3)
5 - 8 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Braden Looper vs Virgil Vasquez

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Wed 07/22 11:35 AM CDT

The Brewers won't have Dale Sveum tonight, as he serves the first game of his three game suspension. They do, however, have Braden Looper, who will take on Virgil Vasquez at 6:05.

Follow the jump for more information on tonight's pitching matchup, lineups and conversation on tonight's game!

Virgil Vasquez (1-3, 6.52) has struggled in four starts this season, and if not for the demotion of Ian Snell Virgil probably would have been sent off to continue working on epic poems. He's lost each of his three starts in July, and allowed opposing batters to hit .340/.429/.679 while doing so. In his last appearance, he managed just 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks to the Phillies. Now that I've mentioned his struggles, he'll probably have the night of his life tonight.

Braden Looper (8-4, 4.95), meanwhile, will look for his fourth straight win, and hasn't lost since June 19, despite allowing seven home runs in his last five outings. He walked five batters last time out, a season high, but allowed just three runs (scattering twelve baserunners) over 5.1 innings for his eighth victory.

Tonight's lineup is the same as last night's (h/t JS):

2B Felipe Lopez
3B Craig Counsell
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Mike Cameron
RF Corey Hart
SS JJ Hardy
C Jason Kendall
P Braden Looper

Looper has lasted six innings or less in each of his last nine starts, so odds are he'll need some innings tonight from the bullpen:

Carlos Villanueva pitched three innings (56 pitches) last night.
Chris Smith pitched two innings (29 pitches) last night.
Seth McClung has not pitched since Sunday.
Mark DiFelice has not pitched since Saturday.
Todd Coffey has not pitched since Saturday.
Mitch Stetter has not pitched since Friday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Thursday.