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Game Thread #30: Brewers (13-16) at Diamondbacks (14-16)

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Tonight, YOUR Milwaukee Brewers go out huntin' for their fifth win on this ten-game roadie. Based on the way the team looked in that last homestand, I'd be more than happy with a .500 record on this trip. How about you?


Current Series

Brewers lead the series 1-0

Fri 05/07 WP: Yovani Gallardo (4 - 2)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Edwin Jackson (1 - 4)
3 - 2 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 7:10 PM CDT
Chase Field

Randy Wolf vs Cesar Valdez

Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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Sun 05/09 3:10 PM CDT


Pitching match-ups, line-ups, and SNAAAAAAKES! But first: we jump.

For the Crew, crafty southpaw Randy Wolf (2-2, 3.86) toes the slab. In his last start, Wolf was, in a word, awful: 5 IP, 6 hits, 6 BB, 4 ER, 2 HR allowed against the Padres, in what eventually became an 8-0 whitewash. As a member of the Dodgers in 2009, Wolf faced the Snakes four times, picking up two wins and posting a 3.71 ERA with 23 strike outs, just six walks, and two homers allowed. Eight D-backs have faced Wolf more than 10 times in their (respective) careers, and the lines look like this:

PLAYER AVG OBP SLG
Mark Reynolds (20 PA) .105 .150 .316
Adam LaRoche (19 PA) .375 .474 .625
Chris Young (19 PA) .250 .333 .500
Augie Ojeda (14 PA) .286 .286 .357
Chris Snyder (14 PA) .300 .500 .300
Stephen Drew (11 PA) .100 .091 .300
Conor Jackson (11 PA) .400 .455 .500
Justin Upton (11 PA) .200 .273 .500


For the Diamondbacks, it's young pup Cesar Valdez, who's making his second career start. Valdez made his major league debut on Monday against Houston and picked up a win, going five innings and ceding a single run while striking out two and walking three. Last year, at Triple-A Reno, Valdez put together a 7-6, 4.78 ERA line in 18 starts. He only struck out 60 in those 18 starts, though, so expect lots of riveting PITCHING TO CONTACT tonight.

Via the estimable T-Haud, here's the Brewers line-up:

2B Rickie Weeks
CF Jim Edmonds
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
RF Jody Gerut
C George Kottaras
SS Alcides Escobar
P Randy Wolf

Maybe I missed this, but did something happen to Corey Hart? I wonder if his man-goggles finally arrived in Phoenix and he got lost trying to pick them up.

As for the arms in the 'pen:

Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) yesterday, and also threw on Wednesday and Tuesday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched imploded in .1 innings (21 pitches) Thursday.
Jeff Suppan pitched 2 innings (27 pitches) Thursday and 1 inning on Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 innings (24 pitches) yesterday.
Manny Parra pitched 1 inning (21 pitches) Tuesday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1 inning (28 pitches) Thursday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) and picked up a save yesterday.

Y'all know what to do from here. Bring me home a winner!