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Game Thread #145: Brewers (69-75) at Cubs (75-68)

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Current Series

Cubs lead the series 2-0

Mon 09/14 WP: Ryan Dempster (10 - 8)
SV: Carlos Marmol
LP: Jeff Suppan (6 - 10)
0 - 2 loss
Tue 09/15 WP: Aaron Heilman (3 - 3)
LP: Yovani Gallardo (12 - 12)
7 - 13 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Braden Looper vs Rich Harden

Clear. Winds blowing in from center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Thu 09/17 1:20 PM CDT

If the Brewers spend four days in Chicago, they have to win one game...right?

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

Rich Harden (9-8, 4.04) will make his 26th start of the season tonight, the most he's made since starting 31 games at age 22 in 2004. He leads the National League with 11 strikeouts per nine innings, but is also tenth in the NL with 23 home runs allowed. Harden has faced the Brewers twice this season, and gone 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in eight innings. Only five Brewers have faced him ten or more times: Among them, Prince Fielder has the best line (.125/.364/.500) and Jody Gerut has the worst (.125/.300/.250).

Braden Looper (12-6, 4.77) has lowered his ERA 26 points in his last five starts, posting a 3.52 ERA in 30.2 innings of work. He's allowed at least one home run in nine of his last ten starts, and 34 overall, leaving him two short of the franchise record. He's 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in eleven innings against the Cubs this season. Geovany Soto (.308/.400/.615) and Milton Bradley (.222/.364/.889) hit him pretty well, while Mike Fontenot (.231/.313/.231) and Ryan Theriot (.250/.308/.292) do not.

With the exception of the pitcher's spot, tonight's lineup is the same as yesterday's: (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
Braden Looper RHP

And in the bullpen:

John Axford pitched one inning (30 pitches) last night.
Chris Smith
pitched one inning (29 pitches) last night.
Carlos Villanueva
pitched .2 innings (19 pitches) last night.Todd Coffey faced three batters (17 pitches) last night.
David Weathers
pitched one inning (15 pitches) Monday night.
Mitch Stetter
last pitched on Sunday.
Claudio Vargas last pitched on Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman last pitched on Sunday.
Chris Narveson pitched three innings on Sunday.
Josh Butler joined the team yesterday, but likely won't pitch, as he's a possible replacement for Manny Parra on Friday.

Enjoy the game!