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Game Thread #116: Diamondbacks (46-69) at Brewers (53-68)

Alert to pitchers: let's keep the ball within the confines of the field today, OK?

Current Series

Diamondbacks win the series 3-0

Mon 08/09 WP: Sam Demel (1 - 0)
SV: Aaron Heilman
LP: Trevor Hoffman (2 - 5)
4 - 7 loss
Tue 08/10 WP: Blaine Boyer (3 - 2)
SV: Sam Demel
LP: Chris Capuano (1 - 2)
1 - 2 loss
Wed 08/11 WP: Dan Hudson (3 - 0)
LP: Dave Bush (5 - 10)
2 - 8 loss

Arizona Diamondbacks
@ Milwaukee Brewers

Thursday, Aug 12, 2010, 1:10 PM CDT
Miller Park

Rodrigo Lopez vs Randy Wolf

Sunny. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.

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Lineup and trivial information about today's game after the jump.

I admit to not recalling much about Rodrigo Lopez, today's pitcher for Arizona, but as he played the bulk of his career with the Orioles and has spent the past few seasons bouncing around from AAA to the majors and back it's rather explainable. Lopez has already pitched more innings than he totaled in the Phillies organization in 2009. He's had 3 career starts against the Brewers; the most recent was in 2007 at Miller Park. Corey Hart hit a home run. All other current Brewers have failed to get a hit against him. There really isn't that much extraordinary to say; he has a good mix of pitches, has a slight fly ball tendency, and neither strikes out nor walks a lot of batters.

On the other hand, Randy Wolf has seen a lot of the NL West and the Diamondbacks hitters have a lot of experience against him. In Wolf's last start against Arizona in May he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. Wolf has pitched 6 innings or more in 8 of his last 10 starts (one of the glaring exceptions was that 12-run game against Pittsburgh.) He just may be turning it around, but the exceptions certainly do stick out.

Rickie Weeks 2B
Corey Hart RF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Craig Counsell SS
Lorenzo Cain CF
George Kottaras C
Randy Wolf P

The good ol' 'pen usage tracker:
Kameron Loe pitched 1 inning (4 pitches) yesterday and 1.1 innings (11 pitches) Monday.
Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 inning (12 pitches) yesterday and 1 inning (37 pitches) Monday.
David Riske pitched 1 inning (15 pitches) yesterday.
Todd Coffey pitched 0.2 inning (22 pitches) yesterday and 0.2 innings (12 pitches) Tuesday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (21 pitches) on Monday.
Zach Braddock pitched 0.2 inning (13 pitches) on Monday.
Mike McClendon pitched 4 innings (32 pitches) for Nashville on Sunday.