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Game Thread #128: Pirates (53-72) at Brewers (61-66)

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3 game series vs Pirates @ Miller Park

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Friday, Aug 28, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Zach Duke vs Manny Parra

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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The Brewers have lost three straight games, and dropped to five games below .500. Can they end the slide tonight and get revenge against the Pirates, who swept the Brewers in their last meeting and have beaten the Brewers in five of their last six matchups?

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

Zach Duke (10-11, 3.38) represented the Pirates in the All Star Game this season and has been the staff workhorse, putting in 173 innings already this season, the eighth most in the National League. Duke has posted a 2.91 ERA in his last three starts, and has lasted seven innings or more in each of them. This is Duke's first matchup against the Brewers this season, but he's posted a 4.70 ERA in 69 innings against the Crew in his career. Current Brewers have faced Duke a combined 94 times and hit .310/.363/.417 off of him. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have each taken him deep once.

Meanwhile, Manny Parra (8-10, 6.54) has fallen back into some of the habits that got him in trouble earlier this season. Despite having spent nearly a month in the minors, Parra leads all NL pitchers with 85 earned runs allowed. He's posted an 8.40 ERA in his last three starts and allowed opposing batters to hit .375/.418/.722 off of him in that stretch. His 1.846 WHIP this season is the highest ever posted by a Brewer who's pitched more than 100 innings.

Mike Rivera, who has been catching Parra most of the time lately, is not in the lineup tonight, but Jason Bourgeois and Alcides Escobar are: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

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

And in the bullpen:

Chris Narveson pitched three innings (40 pitches) last night.
Mark DiFelice pitched 1.1 innings (28 pitches) last night.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (9 pitches) on Wednesday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1.1 innings (30 pitches) on Wednesday.
David Weathers pitched .2 innings (13 pitches) on Wednesday.
Mitch Stetter faced one batter (2 pitches) on Wednesday.
Todd Coffey last pitched on Tuesday.
Carlos Villanueva last pitched on Tuesday.

Enjoy the game!