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Game Thread #14: Brewers (6-7) vs. Pirates (7-6)

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To paraphrase the great Lou Brown in Major League II: The Milwaukee Brewers won a game on Sunday. Yesterday, they won another. If they win today, this three-game stretch qualifies as a WINNING STREAK. It has happened before.


Current Series

Brewers lead the series 1-0

Tue 04/20 WP: Dave Bush (1 - 0)
LP: Charlie Morton (0 - 3)
8 - 1 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Yovani Gallardo vs Zach Duke

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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Thu 04/22 11:35 AM CDT

Take my hand, don't be afraid, I'm gonna prove every word I say -- after the jump. Lineups, pitching match-ups, and maybe some more Black Crowes (but probably not) await you.

RockiesAndy LaRoche

is the only current Pirate who's faced Yo more than 10 times in his career, and he's taken Gallardo deep twice. (There are two other players who have homered twice off of YoGa. Can you guess who they are? The answer is at the bottom of the post.)
For the Buccos, crafty left-hander Zach Duke (3 GS, 2-0, 2.37, 5 SO, 6 BB) takes the ball. In his only start vs. the Crew in 2009, the Brewers torched Duke for seven earnies, 11 hits, and two taters in just three innings. Five current Brewers have faced Duke at least 10 times in their (respective) careers:

PLAYER PA AVG OBP SLG OPS
Prince Fielder 30 .333 .400 .630 .1030
Rickie Weeks 29 .231 .310 .346 .656
Corey Hart 19 .294 .368 .529 .898
Ryan Braun 10 .300 .300 .600 .900
Jim Edmonds 10 .000 .200 .000 .200

Today's lineup, with much love to Adam McCalvy:

2B Rickie Weeks
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Corey Hart
C Gregg Zaun
SS Alcides Escobar
P Yovani Gallardo

Out in the 'pen:

Manny Parra pitched 1 inning yesterday (9 pitches), and also pitched Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 innings (27 pitches) Sunday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 2 innings (25 pitches) Sunday.
Chris Narveson pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) yesterday.Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) Saturday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (22 pitches) on Friday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (29 pitches) Thursday.

Enjoy the game!

(Oh, and the answer to the trivia question: Ian Stewart and Edwin Encarnacion have each homered twice against Gallardo.)