Milwaukee (53-46) at Arizona (52-46)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Thu Jul 21, 2011
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Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is doing all he can to protect Ryan Braun(notes) from further injury, but the NL Central leaders couldn’t do anything to prevent center fielder Carlos Gomez(notes) from getting hurt.

Nor could the Arizona Diamondbacks stop shortstop Stephen Drew(notes) from going down.

Milwaukee goes for its third straight victory over the Diamondbacks on Thursday night when the season series between these banged-up clubs concludes at Chase Field.

Out the final eight games before the All-Star break with a left calf strain, Braun missed Monday’s series-opening 3-0 loss with tightness in his left hamstring and calf and was taken out in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 11-3 victory.

The Brewers (53-46), though, could not afford to remove Braun early in Wednesday’s 5-2, 10-inning win after Gomez suffered a fractured left clavicle while making a diving catch to end the fourth inning.

“It’s a big loss for us,” Roenicke said of Gomez, who will likely be out at least two months. “If he doesn’t make that catch, we probably don’t win the game.”

The Brewers, one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh for the division lead, will look for continued production from Nyjer Morgan(notes), who is batting .353 (18 for 51) in 14 career games against Arizona.

The Diamondbacks (52-46) will have to move on without Drew after he suffered a fractured right ankle in the fourth inning Wednesday while sliding home and getting tagged out following a double by Chris Young.

“Nothing we can do about it,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “We wish him well, just hope he has a good recovery and he resumes his career next year.”

Willie Bloomquist(notes), who tied Wednesday’s game with a two-run eighth-inning double off Francisco Rodriguez, is the likely replacement at shortstop.

Ian Kennedy(notes) (10-3, 3.39 ERA) looks to get Arizona back on track as he tries to win his third consecutive start.

Although Gibson said Kennedy “didn’t have his offspeed stuff at all,” the right-hander went seven innings in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out seven and giving up two runs to reach double-digit victories for the first time.

“The ball was sailing on me and it’s something I’ll have to address for my next start because it’s something that I don’t like,” said Kennedy, who went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in two starts versus Milwaukee in 2010.

The Brewers, whose starters have a 1.44 ERA during the team’s 4-1 stretch, will counter with Zack Greinke(notes) (7-3, 5.04). The 2009 AL Cy Young winner has allowed seven runs - just two earned - over 12 innings with 18 strikeouts in his last two starts, both no-decisions.

He had been 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA in his previous two outings.

“I thought his breaking ball was good again,” Roenicke told the Brewers’ official website after Greinke allowed three runs - none earned - in six innings of Saturday’s 8-7 win at Colorado. “The last couple of games it’s been good.”

Greinke gets his first look at the Diamondbacks in a Brewers uniform. While with Kansas City, he was 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in three starts versus Arizona.

Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton(notes), 2 for 4 with a double off Greinke, is 4 for 7 in the last two contests after going a season-high five straight games without a hit.

Prince Fielder(notes), hitless in his last 11 at-bats, is 2 for 5 with a homer off Kennedy.

Braun is 4 for 8 with two home runs and four RBIs in the last two games, and Milwaukee has won nine straight in Arizona when he’s in the lineup.

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Z. Greinke LAD vs. I. Kennedy SD
16-6 Record 21-4
3.83 ERA 2.88
201 K 198
45 BB 55
1.20 WHIP 1.09


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