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Game Thread #123: Brewers (60-62) at Nationals (43-80)

Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-0

Fri 08/21 WP: Braden Looper (11 - 6)
LP: J.D. Martin (2 - 3)
7 - 3 win
Sat 08/22 WP: Chris Narveson (1 - 0)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Jason Bergmann (2 - 2)
11 - 9 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Washington Nationals

Sunday, Aug 23, 2009, 12:35 PM CDT
Nationals Park

Manny Parra vs Craig Stammen

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

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Mon 08/24 3:35 PM CDT

Can Manny Parra and the Brewers clinch their third series victory in August?

Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup and conversation on today's game!

Craig Stammen (3-6, 5.13) has factored in the decision in just one of his last five starts, a loss, and has posted an 8.75 ERA in his last 20.1 innings. The Nats are 7-10 in his starts this season, and he's been much worse at home, posting a 6.28 ERA in Washington and a 4.18 ERA elsewhere. He wasn't very good against the Crew on July 27, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings, but the Nats won anyway because Jeff Suppan was much worse.

Meanwhile, Manny Parra (8-9, 6.33) is hoping to rebound from his first loss since returning from AAA on July 9. Opposing batters have hit .346/.402/.551 off of Parra in his last three starts, and he's allowed 27 hits in 17 innings over that time. Cristian Guzman and Ryan Zimmerman are the only Nats who have faced Parra ten times or more, but they've each posted an OPS over 1.000 against him.

Let's play hot-or-cold with today's Brewer lineup: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B is batting .472/.513/.750 in his last eight games.
Craig Counsell 3B is 3-for his last 21.
Ryan Braun LF is batting ..279/.409/.676 in his last nine games.
Prince Fielder 1B has reached safely in 12 of 13 games, hitting .346/.417/.788 with seven home runs.
Mike Cameron CF has eight hits in his last three games and is hitting .323/.387/.545 over his last 13.
Frank Catalanotto RF is hitting .455/.538/.591 over his last nine games.
Mike Rivera C is batting .438/.591/.938 during his five game hitting streak
Manny Parra P has two hits and has scored two runs in ten August AB's.
Alcides Escobar SS is hitting .333/.368/.389 in his last six games.

In the bullpen today:

Todd Coffey pitched one inning (18 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday.Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (9 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Friday.Chris Narveson pitched 2.2 innings (34 pitches) last night.
Mark DiFelice pitched .1 innings (10 pitches) last night.
Claudio Vargas pitched one inning (7 pitches) last night.
David Weathers has not pitched since Wednesday.
Mitch Stetter last pitched one week ago today.

Enjoy the game!