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Game Thread #144: Brewers (69-74) at Cubs (74-68)

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Mon 09/14 WP: Ryan Dempster (10 - 8)
SV: Carlos Marmol
LP: Jeff Suppan (6 - 10)
0 - 2 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Yovani Gallardo vs Carlos Zambrano

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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This was already a pretty good pitching matchup, and with the winds blowing in at Wrigley it could be a battle to see who can score at all.

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

Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.77) is actually posting his best ERA since 2006, but will likely finish the season having made less than 30 starts for the first time since 2002. He's posted a 2.25 ERA and struck out 15 in 12 innings over his last two starts, and appears to be back on track after missing much of August. He's picked up no decisions in each of his first two starts against the Brewers this season, allowing four earned runs in 13 innings. Felipe Lopez (.359/.457/.615) and Prince Fielder (.375/.524/.719) both hit him pretty well, and J.J. Hardy (.091/.231/.227) and Mike Cameron (.063/.118/.063) do not.

For the Brewers, we'll see if Yovani Gallardo (12-11, 3.59) benefited from a little extra rest. He's pitching tonight for just the second time in September: He lost the only other outing, allowing three runs to the Giants in six innings on September 5. He's thrown 100 or more pitches but been unable to last past the sixth inning in any of his last five starts, and the Brewers are just 3-4 in his appearances since August 1.

Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Alcides Escobar are all back in the lineup tonight, with Corey Hart moving into the #2 spot: (h/t Adam McCalvy)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Mike Cameron CF
Jason Kendall C
Alcides Escobar SS
Yovani Gallardo RHP

And in the bullpen:

David Weathers pitched one inning (15 pitches) last night.
Mitch Stetter
pitched .1 innings (15 pitches) Sunday
Carlos Villanueva pitched two innings (28 pitches) Sunday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1.2 innings (22 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched one inning (11 pitches) Sunday.
Chris Smith pitched .2 innings (2 pitches) Sunday.
Chris Narveson pitched three innings on Sunday.
Todd Coffey last pitched on Saturday.
Josh Butler joined the team today, but likely won't pitch, as he's a possible replacement for Manny Parra on Friday.
John Axford still may or may not actually exist.

Enjoy the game!