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Game Thread #101: Nationals (32-68) at Brewers (49-51)

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Current Series

Nationals lead the series 2-0

Mon 07/27 WP: Jason Bergmann (1 - 1)
LP: Jeff Suppan (5 - 8)
6 - 14 loss
Tue 07/28 WP: Collin Balester (1 - 1)
LP: Carlos Villanueva (2 - 8)
3 - 8 loss

Washington Nationals
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Garrett Mock vs Manny Parra

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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Thu 07/30 1:05 PM CDT

Can Manny Parra snap the Brewer losing streak and turn the ship around? Follow the jump for tonight's starting matchup, lineups and conversation on tonight's game!

Garrett Mock (0-4, 7.06) is making his third start of a rough 2009 tonight. So far this season, he's posted a 2.031 WHIP in 15 appearances (two starts), and has allowed 12 earned runs in his last 12 innings of work. No Brewer has faced Mock more than four times, but Corey Hart has gone 2-for-4 against him and taken him deep.

Meanwhile, the Brewers have their own struggling starter in Manny Parra (4-8, 6.42). Parra also struggles with baserunners, posting a 1.802 WHIP on the season, and allowed 13 baserunners and four runs in five innings his last time out. With that said, Parra's best two starts of the season came on July 9 and 18, when he pitched to Mike Rivera, and Rivera is getting the start again tonight.

Rivera is in the lineup tonight, but Casey McGehee is back out (h/t JS):

2B Felipe Lopez
3B Craig Counsell
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey Hart
CF Mike Cameron
SS J.J. Hardy
C Mike Rivera
LHP Manny Parra

And in the bullpen, I wouldn't expect to see Mark DiFelice or Tim Dillard tonight, but everyone else should be available:

Mark DiFelice pitched .1 innings (6 pitches) last night, and has appeared in three straight games.Tim Dillard pitched four innings (63 pitches) last night.Trevor Hoffman pitched .2 innings (21 pitches) last night.R.J. Swindle pitched two innings (35 pitches) on Monday.
Chris Smith
pitched one inning (11 pitches) on Monday.
Mitch Stetter faced two batters (7 pitches) on Monday.
Todd Coffey has not pitched since Saturday.