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Game Thread #135: Giants (74-61) at Brewers (65-69)

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Giants lead the series 1-0

Fri 09/04 WP: Brandon Medders (4 - 1)
SV: Brian Wilson
LP: Todd Coffey (4 - 4)
2 - 3 loss

San Francisco Giants
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Saturday, Sep 5, 2009, 3:05 PM CDT
Miller Park

Matt Cain vs Yovani Gallardo

Sunny. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Sun 09/06 1:05 PM CDT

Today's game might be the best pitching matchup this series has to offer, as Matt Cain takes on Yovani Gallardo.

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

Matt Cain (12-4, 2.50) might be one of the best pitchers that doesn't get consistently mentioned in conversations about great pitchers. In fact, he's the fourth Cy Young candidate/former Cy Young Award winner the Brewers have faced in five days (Carpenter, Smoltz, Zito and now Cain). Cain leads the NL with four complete games, and is third in ERA and fifth in innings pitched. He's 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Brewers in 2009. He hasn't been getting much run support in recent weeks ever, going 0-2 in his last seven starts despite posting a 3.10 ERA.

Yovani Gallardo (12-10, 3.56) knows what it's like to not get run support. The Brewers have scored four or fewer runs in 16 of his 27 starts this season, and have been shut out four times. He's struggled with efficiency lately, averaging just over 5.2 innings per appearance over his last five starts while throwing 108.6 pitches. With that said, Gallardo is 2-0 against the Giants in two starts this season with a 1.88 ERA.

Here's today's lineup: (h/t Tyler Barnes)

Felipe Lopez 2B
Frank Catalanotto RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Jody Gerut CF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jason Kendall C
Yovani Gallardo P

In the bullpen today:Todd Coffey pitched 2 innings (22 pitches) last night.
Carlos Villanueva pitched one inning (15 pitches) last night..Mark DiFelice pitched .1 innings (4 pitches) last night.Mitch Stetter pitched .1 innings (4 pitches) Thursday.Claudio Vargas pitched 1.1 innings (32 pitches) Thursday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (14 pitches) Thursday.
David Weathers faced 2 batters (6 pitches) Thursday.
Chris Narveson pitched 1.2 innings (26 pitches) Thursday.Chris Smith last pitched on Wednesday.
Jesus Colome has not pitched since being activated off the DL yesterday.