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Game Thread #11: Brewers (4-6) at Nationals (5-5)

The blessing of baseball is that you don't have to wait very long for a chance to redeem yourself. Today, about fifteen hours after gagging away another late lead, your Milwaukee Brewers look for the cure to their ails in the second game of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

Current Series

Nationals lead the series 1-0

Fri 04/16 WP: Brian Bruney (1 - 0)
SV: Matt Capps
LP: LaTroy Hawkins (0 - 2)
3 - 5 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Washington Nationals

Saturday, Apr 17, 2010, 12:05 PM CDT
Nationals Park

Randy Wolf vs Livan Hernandez

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Sun 04/18 12:35 PM CDT

After the jump: pitching matchups, lineups, and whimsy. Join us, won't you?


For that Nats, the ageless Livan Hernandez (1-0, 0.00 ERA in 2010; 9-12, 5.44 ERA in 2009) takes the ball. Hernandez won the only start he's made in 2010, as he blanked the Mets for seven innings last Sunday. Grandpa Livan made one start against the Crew in 2009 (as a Met) and got cuffed around, surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in five innings. If Ken Macha is playing the matchups today, Jim Edmonds will probably be in the lineup, as JEd has put together a .316/ .519 / .947 line against Hernandez in 27 career plate appearances.

Here's the Brewers lineup, with much love to Tyler Barnes:

Rickie Weeks 2B

Craig Counsell SS

Ryan Braun LF

Prince Fielder 1B

Casey McGehee 3B

Jim Edmonds CF

Corey Hart RF

George Kottaras C

Randy Wolf P

In the 'pen:

Chris Narveson pitched 1 inning (25 pitches) Thursday.Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 innings (30 pitches) Thursday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (29 pitches) Thursday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched made a mess of 1 inning (22 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched .2 innings (18 pitches) Wednesday.
Claudio Vargas pitched .2 innings (ONE PITCH, BABY!) yesterday.
Manny Parra was brought out of mothballs to pitch yesterday, going .1 innings (16 pitches).

Bring me home a winner.