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Game Thread #97: Brewers (43-53) at Pirates (34-60)

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Pirates lead the series 2-1

Mon 07/19 WP: Chris Capuano (1 - 1)
SV: John Axford
LP: Jeff Karstens (2 - 5)
3 - 1 win
Tue 07/20 WP: D.J. Carrasco (2 - 2)
SV: Octavio Dotel
LP: Dave Bush (4 - 8)
9 - 11 loss
Wed 07/21 WP: Zach Duke (4 - 9)
LP: Randy Wolf (7 - 9)
3 - 15 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010, 6:05 PM CDT
PNC Park

Yovani Gallardo vs Ross Ohlendorf

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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Follow the jump for today's matchups and lineups.

The Brewers are trying to gain enough escape velocity to get out of Pittsburgh. Their best chance of a win is on the mound tonight. Yovani Gallardo has a pretty good record against the Pirates in his career, giving up 18 runs in 56.1 IP (13% of his career IP have been against Pittsburgh) and striking out an average of more than 1 per inning. He's started twice against the Pirates in 2010 and gave up 2 runs on 8 hits in 11 innings. Of course, in those two starts, the Brewers won 8-0 and 17-3. Gallardo went 2 for 2 with a walk in the second start. Hopefully Gallardo's brought his bat tonight...and is recovered from his oblique injury. This is his first start since being activated from the disabled list.

The opposing pitcher is Ross Ohlendorf, who's probably more well known for his non-baseball activities (such as his thesis on the MLB amateur draft) than his pitching. Since starting his major league career as one of the seemingly over 9000 Yankees pitching prospects blocked by system-developed veterans and free agents, he hasn't actually had much baseball success. His average 2009 is looking like a fluke these days. His groundball percentage is down and he's walking more. Ohlendorf has had three career starts against the Brewers, all in 2009. He's given up 17 hits in 18 innings against them. On the other hand, in two of those starts, the Brewers were unable to capitalize on most of the hits; in one of them, the only run scored was on a solo home run. His last start against the Brewers on 2010-07-31 was partially lost on squandered managing choices (don't ever intentionally walk the bases loaded, kids, even if Suppan is the next batter.)

(An aside: 3 pitchers who have started for the 2010 Pirates were part of the same trade with the Yankees: Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and Daniel McCutchen. Despite the trio's lack of success in MLB, that's an incredible turnover for Damaso Marte and a rental of Xavier Nady. That's not to mention that the Pirates also picked up Jose Tabata in the same trade!)

Today's Brewers lineup:
2B Rickie Weeks
RF Joe Inglett
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
CF Jim Edmonds
C Jonathan Lucroy
3B Craig Counsell
SS Alcides Escobar
P Yovani Gallardo

Bullpen usage tracker: At least it takes an entire staff of these guys to give up 12 runs!

Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (19 pitches) yesterday.
David Riske pitched 1.1 innings (31 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1.1 innings (22 pitches) Tuesday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1.2 innings (44 pitches) Tuesday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) Tuesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (26 pitches) Monday.
Zach Braddock pitched 1 inning (16 pitches) Monday.