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Game Thread #86: Giants (44-40) at Brewers (37-48)

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Giants win the series 3-0

Mon 07/05 WP: Jonathan Sanchez (7 - 6)
LP: Kameron Loe (0 - 1)
1 - 6 loss
Tue 07/06 WP: Madison Bumgarner (1 - 2)
LP: Randy Wolf (6 - 8)
1 - 6 loss
Wed 07/07 WP: Tim Lincecum (9 - 4)
LP: Chris Narveson (7 - 6)
2 - 15 loss

San Francisco Giants
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, Jul 8, 2010, 1:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Barry Zito vs Manny Parra

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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The usual matchup and lineup stuff (including days off) after the jump.

This afternoon, Manny Parra goes up against Barry Zito. On the face of it, they have a lot in common; they're left-handed, they look a lot alike and they wear their uniforms in the same way. Zito's had slightly better results earlier in his career, obviously, but both players aren't exactly known as being terrifically consistent in the past few seasons.

Parra doesn't have much track record against the Giants. He gave up more runs in his one start against them in 2009 than he did in both starts against them in 2008. The current Giants roster doesn't have much record against him, either. The batters with the most success against him are Aaron Rowand (3 for 8, 1 double) and Pablo Sandoval (2 for 3, one walk.) The only batter who has faced him at Miller Park is Freddy Sanchez during his time with the Pirates. Also, Parra is currently leading the NL in wild pitches. This may be a result of Kottaras being horrible defensively, but it doesn't explain all of it. The WP shouldn't be any problem if he can keep these guys off the basepaths...but I have my doubts.

Zito has bounced a bit back from his absolutely horrible 2008. He's still not what a lot of people expected out of that contract but he's been an adequate middle-of-the-rotation guy for the Giants for the past year and a half. (The problem is, of course, he plays on the same team as Lincecum and Cain, which makes him dim in the comparison.) He's not had much success against the Brewers in his long career, going 1-3 in 6 starts against them; all starts save for his 2002 interleague appearance with Oakland have gone less than 6 innings. Current Brewers have faced him with success. (The Brewers have a rather consistent roster over the past 3 seasons, unlike the Giants.) His last start against them on 9/4/09 at Miller Park didn't go as well as he'd have liked. He pitched 4 innings in which he only gave up two runs but walked five.

Ryan Braun's out of the lineup today, which is odd considering his past success against Zito. Perhaps he should have had yesterday off. Alcides Escobar is back in. We also have a rare Joe Inglett sighting.

Milwaukee Brewers San Francisco Giants
Rickie Weeks 2B Andres Torres CF
Alcides Escobar SS Freddy Sanchez 2B
Prince Fielder 1B Aubrey Huff RF
Corey Hart RF Pat Burrell LF
Casey McGehee 3B Buster Posey 1B
George Kottaras C Pablo Sandoval 3B
Carlos Gomez CF Edgar Renteria SS
Joe Inglett LF Eli Whiteside C
Manny Parra P Barry Zito P

Bullpen usage:

John Axford pitched 1 inning (10 pitches) yesterday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) yesterday.
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (17 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched 1 inning (36 pitches) yesterday.
Carlos Villanueva pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) yesterday.
Chris Capuano pitched 0.2 inning (28 pitches) yesterday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (8 pitches) Tuesday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.2 inning (17 pitches) Monday.