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Game Thread #105: Brewers (51-53) at Padres (43-62)

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Current Series

Padres lead the series 2-0

Fri 07/31 WP: Edward Mujica (3 - 4)
LP: Tim Dillard (0 - 1)
7 - 11 loss
Sat 08/01 WP: Greg Burke (3 - 3)
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Mike Burns (2 - 4)
2 - 4 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ San Diego Padres

Sunday, Aug 2, 2009, 3:05 PM CDT
Petco Park

Carlos Villanueva vs Kevin Correia

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Can the Brewers salvage one game out of three in San Diego and win for the first time in August? Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineups and more!

For the Brewers, it's what could have been vs. what is in today's series finale. The Brewers were rumored to be interested in Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.75) in the final days before the trading deadline, but couldn't reach a deal so he'll start against them today instead. Correia is making his 22nd start of the season and trying to rebound from a tough July that saw him go 2-3 while posting a 6.19 ERA and allowing a .863 OPS to opposing batters. Odds are the game will be decided by the time he leaves: he's picked up the win or loss in 12 of his last 13 starts (6-6).

Meanwhile, Carlos Villanueva (2-8, 6.61) makes his second start for the Brewers. He pitched better than his 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER line would suggest in his first start, but still hasn't won since June 7 (0-5 with two blown saves in that time) and has posted a 10.89 ERA in his last 18 appearances. He threw 67 pitches in his first start, so it's probably reasonable to expect him to throw 85-90 today.

Adam McCalvy is reporting that Corey Hart left the clubhouse this morning to see a doctor regarding a stomach ailment, so he's out today, as is J.J. Hardy (h/t McCalvy):

Lineup:

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Frank Catalanotto RF
Jason Kendall C
Carlos Villanueva P

In the bullpen today:

Mitch Stetter pitched one inning (12 pitches) last night, and also pitched Thursday and Friday.
Claudio Vargas pitched one inning (18 pitches) last night.
Mark DiFelice pitched .1 innings (13 pitches) last night.
R.J. Swindle pitched one inning (19 pitches) on Friday.
Chris Smith pitched one inning (15 pitches) on Friday.
Todd Coffey has not pitched since Thursday.
Trevor Hoffman has not pitched since Wednesday.