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Game Thread #39: Brewers (15-23) at Reds (22-16)

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Mon 05/17 WP: Johnny Cueto (3 - 1)
SV: Francisco Cordero
LP: Todd Coffey (1 - 1)
3 - 6 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 11:35 AM CDT
Great American Ball Park

Manny Parra vs Homer Bailey

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Manny Parra makes his first start of the season today as the Brewers try to avoid the sweep in Cincinnati.

Follow the jump for today's pitching matchup, lineup and more!

Homer Bailey (1-2, 5.66) entered play Wednesday with a 7.24 ERA, coming off a disaster start against the Cubs. He responded by pitching a four hit shutout against the Pirates, walking none, striking out six and throwing just 90 pitches while picking up his first win of the season.

Bailey relies pretty heavily on his 92.8 mph fastball, but also has a very good slider. The fastball is roughly league average, but the slider has been good, at +1.28 runs per 100 pitches. No Brewers have faced him ten times: Ryan Braun is 1-for-8 with a double and a walk, and Prince Fielder is 2-for-6 with two walks and a home run.

For the Brewers, it's time to see what they've got in Manny Parra (0-2, 3.98), making his first start since October. This is Parra's 16th appearance of the season, and he's been used all over the place: He's pitched two innings or more in six appearances, but also pitched six times in a seven game stretch at one point. He last pitched on Friday against the Phillies, allowing two unearned runs on three hits in two innings, striking out three.

As a reliever, Parra's velocity has gone up a little this season, from a 92 average fastball for his career to 93.2 this season. His curveball and splitter have been the major source of his success: They're +1.93 and +5.14 runs per 100 pitches, respectively. Four Reds have seen him at least ten times:

Joey Votto 18 .250 .333 .500 .833
Brandon Phillips 15 .133 .133 .333 .467
Jay Bruce 14 .273 .429 .636 1.065
Ryan Hanigan 10 .200 .200 .200 .400

I haven't seen a Brewer lineup yet today. Maybe you have, and can post it in the comments? Thanks.

And in the bullpen:

Todd Coffey pitched one inning (21 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Sunday.Jeff Suppan pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) yesterday.
Mitch Stetter
pitched one inning (14 pitches) Sunday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched .1 innings (11 pitches) Sunday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (7 pitches) Sunday.
Claudio Vargas pitched .1 inning (27 pitches) Saturday
John Axford pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) Saturday.
Marco Estrada joined the team today, and last pitched for Nashville on Friday.

Enjoy the game!