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Game Thread #95: Brewers (48-46) at Pirates (40-53)

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3 game series vs Pirates @ PNC Park

Mon 07/20 WP: Ross Ohlendorf (8 - 7)
LP: Mike Burns (2 - 3)
5 - 8 loss
Tue 07/21 WP: Braden Looper (9 - 4)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Virgil Vasquez (1 - 4)
2 - 0 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2009, 11:35 AM CDT
PNC Park

Jeff Suppan vs Paul Maholm

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

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The Brewers are doing their best to make sure you accomplish nothing today, as the Brewers and Pirates get things started at 11:35 at PNC Park.

There will be plenty of time to work after the game. For now, follow the jump for the pitching matchup, lineups, bullpen and conversation on today's game!

Paul Maholm (6-4, 4.28) makes his 19th start of the season today for the Pirates, and his skills could match up pretty well against the Brewers. Maholm allows just .4 home runs per nine innings of work, the fourth lowest total in the NL. He is, however, eighth in the league in hits allowed (129) and second in wild pitches (nine).

Jeff Suppan (5-7, 4.43) will take the mound for the Brewers, taking on the team he made 21 starts for in 2003. The Pirates traded Suppan to the Red Sox for a package that included Freddy Sanchez. Suppan hasn't won since June 12, but has posted a 4.33 ERA over those six outings.

Here's today's lineup: (h/t JS)

RF Corey Hart
CF Mike Cameron
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
2B Casey McGehee
3B Bill Hall
SS JJ Hardy
C Jason Kendall
P Jeff Suppan

In the bullpen:

Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (seven pitches) last night.Mark DiFelice pitched .2 innings (seven pitches) last night.Mitch Stetter pitched .1 innings (three pitches) last night.
Carlos Villanueva
pitched three innings on Monday.
Chris Smith pitched two innings on Monday.
Seth McClung has not pitched since Sunday.
Todd Coffey has not pitched since Saturday.