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Game Thread #113: Padres (48-66) at Brewers (55-57)

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Tue 08/11 WP: Clayton Richard (2 - 0)
LP: Braden Looper (10 - 6)
6 - 13 loss

San Diego Padres
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Kevin Correia vs Carlos Villanueva

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Thu 08/13 1:05 PM CDT

Well, tonight's game has gotten a lot more interesting. It won't be the 2009 starting debut of Alcides Escobar, but it will be the first game since Billy Castro, Bill Hall and J.J. Hardy were sent packing, and it can't possibly be worse than Snoop Dogg on Sportscenter...right?

Follow the jump for tonight's pitching matchup, lineup and conversation on tonight's game!

Kevin Correia (7-9, 4.52) is starting opposite Carlos Villanueva for the second time in two weeks, and came out on the short end of the stick last time, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. Correia has posted a 2.45 ERA over his last three starts but is just 1-1 in that time. Felipe Lopez has more plate appearances against Correia than any other two Brewers, but has hit just .182/.280/.227 in 26 PAs. Ryan Braun (.300/.300/.700) and Mike Cameron (.286/.375/.714) are among the Brewers who have had some success against him.

Carlos Villanueva (2-9, 6.05) had his best outing of the season against Correia two starts ago, pitching five scoreless innings despite allowing six baserunners. Villy has lost his last six decisions, including his last time out, and has posted a 7.39 ERA over 35.1 innings since his last win. New pitching coach Chris Bosio had just a few hours this afternoon to figure out what's wrong with Villanueva and get him ready for tonight.

Alcides Escobar and Jason Bourgeois both joined the team today, and could make their 2009 debuts tonight, but won't be starting: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Ryan Braun LF

Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Casey McGehee 3B
Frank Catalanotto RF
Jason Kendall C
Carlos Villanueva P

And in the bullpen:

Jesus Colome pitched 1.2 innings (23 pitches) last night before being removed with a bruised pinky finger.
Mark DiFelice pitched .2 innings (22 pitches) last night.
David Weathers pitched one inning (17 pitches) last night.
Mitch Stetter faced two batters (14 pitches) last night.
Claudio Vargas pitched .1 innings (3 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (2 pitches) last night.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Thursday.

Enjoy the game!