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Game Thread #108: Brewers (53-54) at Dodgers (66-41)

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3 game series vs Dodgers @ Dodger Stadium

Mon 08/03 WP: Manny Parra (6 - 8)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Clayton Kershaw (8 - 6)
6 - 5 win
Tue 08/04 WP: Hiroki Kuroda (4 - 5)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (10 - 8)
4 - 17 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, Aug 5, 2009, 9:10 PM CDT
Dodger Stadium

Braden Looper vs Jason Schmidt

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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So, uh, last night was a run-of-the-mill, play-nine-and-go-home-quietly game, right? That's what I've heard today and I like to think I'm pretty well-connected. As proof that I have my pulse on major league baseball, I submit the pitching matchup, lineup, and bullpen situation below the jump.


Braden Looper takes the mound in tonight's rubber match. Eleven runs allowed in eleven innings over his last two starts have pushed his ERA above 5.00 for the second time this season. The last time he came into a game with an ERA over 5.00, he managed a quality start. The Brewers hope he does the same tonight, though his last start against the Dodgers didn't go so well: five runs in six innings on four home runs.

Facing Looper will be Jason Schmidt, the former Giants ace, making only his tenth start after signing a three-year, $47 million deal in December 2006. Shoulder troubles sidelined him for most of 2007, all of 2008, and the first half of this season. Since re-joining the Mannybackers, Schmidt is 2-1 in three starts with a 4.50 ERA. He has walked nine and struck out only six in fourteen innings this year. The Brewers haven't faced Schmidt since April 4, 2007, when he allowed one run in five innings.


Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Frank Catalanotto RF (who also got hit by a pitch last night but it's forgotten because 2 against 1 is better odds)
Jason Kendall C
Braden Looper P

Bullpen Situation:

RJ Swindle gave up five runs in one 39-pitch inning of work last night, his eighth run-allowing appearance in nine career games.
Chris Smith threw eighteen pitches in 1 1/3 innings, but also committed a BAD, BAD ACT.
Mark DiFelice faced five batters last night and only recorded one out, throwing 19 pitches while being victimized by poor outfield play.
Mitch Stetter threw three pitches and allowed a hit last night.
Claudio Vargas threw sixteen pitches in 1/3 inning on Sunday, blowing a save in the process.
Todd Coffey threw thirty-two pitches in two innings on Sunday, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out two.
Trevor Hoffman had an adventurous save on Monday, but ensured the win with a fifteen-pitch inning.

Happy two-thirds day, everyone. After tonight's game, divide everyone's stats by two and multiply by three and you've got their on-pace-for lines.