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Game Thread #127: Reds (54-71) at Brewers (61-65)

Current Series

Reds lead the series 2-0

Tue 08/25 WP: Daniel Ray Herrera (2 - 4)
LP: Todd Coffey (4 - 3)
6 - 8 loss
Wed 08/26 WP: Daniel Ray Herrera (3 - 4)
SV: Francisco Cordero
LP: Mike Burns (3 - 5)
3 - 4 loss

Cincinnati Reds
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, Aug 27, 2009, 1:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Justin Lehr vs Dave Bush

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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The Brewers are 19-29 since July 1 (14-26 in games not involving the Nationals), and come into today looking to avoid getting swept at home for the first time since Colorado did it June 9-11. The Brewers do have two returns to be excited about, though: Dave Bush returns from the DL, and he'll face Justin Lehr, a former Brewer who is now pitching for his fourth organization in as many seasons.

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

Justin Lehr (2-1, 3.77) is making his sixth start for Cincinnati today, and those six starts are the only major league appearances he's made since posting an 8.62 ERA in 15.2 innings as a Brewer in 2006. Lehr has spent most of the last three seasons in AAA, where he earned his way back to the big leagues by posting a 26-6 record. Most recently, he went 8-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 12 appearances for Louisville in the International League. His most recent start was his worst one as a Red: He allowed six earned runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings to the Pirates.

Meanwhile, Dave Bush (3-4, 5.67) is making his first start since June 20, having missed over two months to recover from microtearing in his triceps that occurred when he was hit by a line drive in Florida on June 4. Don't let Bush's lofty ERA fool you: He posted a 4.38 ERA before getting hit with the line drive, then attempted to pitch through the injury and ran up his ERA. Bush posted a 3.00 ERA over two rehab appearances on his way back, pitching three shutout innings for Wisconsin and allowing two earned runs on a hit and three walks in 3.1 IP for Huntsville.

Felipe Lopez is healthy enough to give it a go today, and Mike Rivera, who is batting .350/.519/.750 in his last seven games, is in the lineup to catch Bush: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Jody Gerut RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Mike Rivera C
Dave Bush P
Alcides Escobar SS

Mike Burns was returned to Nashville to make room on the roster for Bush, so the Brewer bullpen will have to get by with eight arms today:

Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (9 pitches) last night, and also pitched on Tuesday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1.1 innings (30 pitches) last night.
David Weathers pitched .2 innings (13 pitches) last night.
Mitch Stetter faced one batter (2 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey pitched three innings (46 pitches) Tuesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched two innings (25 pitches) Tuesday.Chris Narveson pitched one inning (22 pitches) Tuesday.
Mark DiFelice pitched .2 innings (3 pitches) Tuesday.

Enjoy the game!