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Game Thread #142: Brewers (68-73) at Diamondbacks (62-81)

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Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-0

Fri 09/11 WP: Braden Looper (12 - 6)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Doug Davis (7 - 13)
6 - 3 win
Sat 09/12 WP: Dave Bush (4 - 7)
LP: Kevin Mulvey (0 - 1)
9 - 2 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Sunday, Sep 13, 2009, 3:10 PM CDT
Chase Field

Chris Narveson vs Max Scherzer

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 100.

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

Lefthander Chris Narveson makes his second career big-league start today. If you're curious, the first occurred on September 22, 2006, in Houston, and he gave up two runs in four innings while striking out six. Since joining the Brewers in 2008, he has pitched 211.1 innings in AAA, striking out 8.6 and walking 3.5 per nine. Pitching in relief helped his numbers look even better this season and earned him a midseason callup. In twenty-four innings in Milwaukee, he has struck out 22, walked seven, and given up four home runs and picked up his first career win.

Facing Narveson is a young righthander named Maxwell M. Scherzer. Scherzer was the eleventh overall pick of the 2006 draft and took almost a full year to sign with the Diamondbacks. One year of tearing through the Arizona organization was enough for him to make his major league debut on April 29, 2008, against Houston. Pitching in relief, he retired all 13 batters he faced, striking out seven. He joined the rotation full-time this season and has done well, striking out 157 batters in 154 innings while going 9-9 with a 4.15 ERA. In his first start against the Brewers this year, he went six scoreless innings, striking out seven.

Lineup: (h/t JS)
2B Felipe Lopez
CF Mike Cameron
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Corey Hart
C Mike Rivera
SS Alcides Escobar
LHP Chris Narveson

Bullpen:
John Axford is needed in the bullpen to distribute candy and sunflower seeds.
Chris Smith threw eight pitches in a scoreless inning on Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva struck out six in three innings after Manny Parra left Tuesday's game.
Mark DiFelice retired two batters and threw nine pitches (all strikes) on Tuesday.
Claudio Vargas picked up his sixth hold since joining the Brewers with a scoreless inning (16 pitches) Friday.
Dave Weathers got four outs on Friday and threw 23 pitches in the process.
Mitch Stetter pitched a perfect eighth last night on ten pitches. He has thrown in back-to-back games.
Todd Coffey pitched the ninth last night, allowing one run. He has allowed a run in four of his last five appearances.
Trevor Hoffman picked up career save #585 with a 14-pitch ninth inning Friday.