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Game Thread #31: Brewers (14-16) at Diamondbacks (14-17)

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, see those Brewers Rolling. This afternoon the Brewers are going to be playing game three of their series with the Diamondbacks, of which they won the first two.

Can Chris Narveson bring home the Mother's Day victory? Can Jody Gerut get his 2nd cycle in 2 days? Both seem unlikely, but the Brewers are rolling


Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-0

Fri 05/07 WP: Yovani Gallardo (4 - 2)
SV: Trevor Hoffman
LP: Edwin Jackson (1 - 4)
3 - 2 win
Sat 05/08 WP: Randy Wolf (3 - 2)
LP: Cesar Valdez (1 - 1)
17 - 3 win

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Sunday, May 9, 2010, 3:10 PM CDT
Chase Field

Chris Narveson vs Ian Kennedy

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 20-25 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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You know the drill, troops: pitching match-ups, line-ups, and a carnation for Mom, after the jump.

The Brewers send Chris Narveson (2-0, 6.00) to the hill today. The NarveDog put on a clinic entitled "How To Pitch With A Big Lead" in his last start, going six innings and giving up just three runs after being handed a nine-run, second-inning cushion against the Dodgers. Narveson faced the Diamondbacks once in 2009; it was NarveDog's first start of the year, and he went 3 innings and gave up two earned runs while fanning two. SMALL SAMPLE SIZE ALERT: there are three Diamondbacks who have an OPS of 3.000 against Narveson. Of course, two of those players have faced Narveson twice, and the other has a single plate appearance against Chris.

The Snakes counter with former Yankee Ian Kennedy (2-1, 3.65), who came to Arizona in the Granderson - Scherzer - Jackson - Coke extravaganza deal last winter. Kennedy has been very good in his last three outings, going 8 against the Phillies in a 3-2 loss, 8 against the Cubs in a 13-5 D-backs romp, and 6.2 against the Astros in a game the Snakes eventually won, 1-0. Kennedy's been susceptible to the long ball this season, surrendering seven taters in his six starts. Gregg Zaun is the only current Brewer who's faced Kennedy; he's drawn a walk in three trips to the plate.

Today's line-up, via Adam McCalvy:

2B Rickie Weeks
SS The Deity
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
C Gregg Zaun
CF Jody Gerut
RF Corey Hart (ouch)
P Chris Narveson

Out in the 'pen:

Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (13 pitches) Friday, and also threw on Wednesday and Tuesday.
LaTroy Hawkins and his weakened shoulder got stashed on the DL after the game yesterday.
Mitch Stetter should be available today; he last threw for the Sounds on Thursday, going 1.2 innings (24 pitches) against Round Rock.
Jeff Suppan pitched 2 innings (27 pitches) Thursday and 1 inning on Wednesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 2 innings (24 pitches) Friday.
Manny Parra pitched 2 innings (21 pitches) yesterday.
Claudio Vargas pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) and picked up a save Friday.