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Game Thread #129: Pirates (53-73) at Brewers (62-66)

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Brewers lead the series 1-0

Fri 08/28 WP: Manny Parra (9 - 10)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Zach Duke (10 - 12)
8 - 6 win

Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, Aug 29, 2009, 6:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Kevin Hart vs Yovani Gallardo

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Sun 08/30 1:05 PM CDT

Can the Brewers take two in a row?

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

Kevin Hart (4-3, 4.14) hasn't been all that good as a Pirate, posting a 1-2 record and a 6.04 ERA, but his only win came against the Brewers, who he beat on August 17. He's struggling a lot with baserunners lately, having allowed 39 in just 22.1 innings as a Pirate, and hasn't lasted longer than six innings in any start this season. Jason Kendall is 3-for-6 against Hart with a walk, and is the only Brewer who's faced him more than five times.

Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo (12-10, 3.51) is facing the Pirates for the fourth time this season, and has gone 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his three previous starts. Gallardo has factored into the decision in each of his last seven starts (4-3), but has done so while throwing a lot of pitches: His 107.8 pitches per start is the fifth highest average in all of baseball. He was inefficient but effective last time out, picking up the win while allowing just one run on four hits in five innings (and 108 pitches), striking out eight.

Frank Catalanotto is back in the lineup today, in right field: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell 3B
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Frank Catalanotto RF
Jason Kendall C
Alcides Escobar SS
Yovani Gallardo P

Meanwhile, Ryan Doumit is not in the lineup tonight, after being benched mid-game last night. The team has confirmed he's not injured, but he was removed abruptly last night, will not play today and manager John Russell said "we'll see" when asked if he'll play tomorrow. So the Brewers will probably see a lot of Pirates backup (and Racine native) Jason Jaramillo.

And in the bullpen:

Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (21 pitches) last night.
David Weathers
pitched 1.2 innings (20 pitches) last night.
Todd Coffey pitched .1 innings (6 pitches) last night.
Chris Narveson pitched three innings (40 pitches) Thursday.
Mark DiFelice pitched 1.1 innings (28 pitches) Thursday.

Claudio Vargas last pitched on Wednesday.
Mitch Stetter last pitched on Wednesday.

Carlos Villanueva last pitched on Tuesday.

Enjoy the game!