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Game #95 Preview: 7/24, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Can we make it - dare we hope - two wins in a row?

Oscar Hernandez, making up for lost time!
Oscar Hernandez, making up for lost time!
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Jimmy Nelson
RHP, 7-9, 4.21
Patrick Corbin
LHP, 1-2, 4.80
Jean Segura - SS Ender Inciarte - RF
Jonathan Lucroy - C A.J. Pollock - CF
Ryan Braun - RF Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
Carlos Gomez - CF David Peralta - LF
Adam Lind - 1B Chris Owings - 2B
Khris Davis - LF Jake Lamb - 3B
Hernan Perez - 3B Nick Ahmed - SS
Hector Gomez - 2B Oscar Hernandez - C
Jimmy Nelson - RHP Patrick Corbin - LHP

After the ecstatic high of last night's game, which has to be one of the highlights of the season [particularly if you left before Dominic Leone was gnawed upon by Lyin' Ryan], we'll see if Corbin can get the Diamondbacks started on a streak of the nice kind, which they haven't seen for more than two weeks. It was nice also to have a blowout win: even with Leone helping make the final score more respectable for the Brewers than they probably deserved, it was still the Diamondbacks' biggest margin of victory for three weeks, dating back to the 8-1 crushing of the Rockies on July 2, which opened that series victory.

I'm hopeful we will be able to make it two in a row: Corbin has faced Milwaukee twice, and won both times, although those were an age and another UCL ago, back in 2013. He was particularly dominant the second time, fanning 10 over 6.2 innings of one-run ball. But the wheel has turned for the Brewers too, and they only have four position players who have ever faced Corbin. Meanwhile, we handled Nelson well enough when we saw him in late May, to the tune of four runs over six innings, though he escaped with a no-decision, in a contest which was won by the Diamondbacks, 7-5.

Good to see Peralta back in the line-up; seems he could probably have gone yesterday, but there wasn't any need for anything other than a day off. Interesting to see Hernandez getting to start, for the third game in a row. It's especially interesting, considering how little he was seen in the first two weeks on the roster - from his official call-up on July 4 until his start on July 18, he got exactly one pinch-run appearance! Fun fact: at three days after his 22nd birthday, he was the fourth-youngest major-league debutant for Arizona, behind Justin Upton (natch), Jerry Gll and Josh Kroeger