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Game Thread #115: Astros (56-58) at Brewers (56-58)

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3 game series vs Astros @ Miller Park

Houston Astros
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, Aug 14, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Wandy Rodriguez vs Yovani Gallardo

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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The Brewers are attempting to beat two different teams on back-to-back days for just the second time since May and for the first time at home since April.

The weapons at their disposal are after the jump.


Yovani Gallardo is pitching in a night game. It's his thirteenth night start of the year against eleven day starts. At night, he has a 4.50 ERA in 76 innings, but a 7-4 record. In the day he's got a 2.52 ERA but is just 3-5. Pitch like it's day and win like it's night, Yovani. After giving up nine runs in 5 1/3 to the Dodgers, Gallardo came back with a good start against Houston his last time on the mound. A Geoff Blum home run was the deciding factor as he lost 2-0. It was the fourth time the Brewers offense couldn't score behind him (fifth if you count the game he won 1-0 on his own home run). Let's not make it five (six), guys.

Wandy Rodriguez has not allowed more than one run in a start since June. He has a sparking 0.77 ERA in his last seven starts and is averaging nearly seven innings per appearance in that time (4 ER in 47 innings). His last time out, he held the Brewers scoreless through seven innings despite having runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. The last time he started in Miller Park, August 20 of last year, he took the loss having given up 3 runs in 5 1/3 innings.


2B Felipe Lopez
CF Mike Cameron
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
C Mike Rivera
RF Jason Bourgeois
P Yovani Gallardo
SS Alcides Escobar

A few lineup notes: Having blocked the Kendall-leading-off inbedumblity out of my mind, this is the first time I recognize the Brewers lineup batting a catcher as high as sixth since the days of Johnny Estrada (2007). It is the first time since the last two games of the 2006 season that Mike Rivera has started back-to-back games. It's also Jason Bourgeois' first major league start, so congratulations are in order.


Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth inning yesterday, picking up the save with just twelve pitches.
Todd Coffey threw 19 pitches on Wednesday.
David Weathers threw 34 pitches and allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning yesterday.
Mitch Stetter picked up a hold for getting one batter out on three pitches yesterday.
Mark DiFelice threw 21 pitches in 1 1/3 innings yesterday, striking out two in the process.
Claudio Vargas threw 1 2/3 innings and 26 pitches on Wednesday
Jesus Colome last pitched Tuesday with a bruised finger, recording five out with 23 pitches.