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Game #33: Buchholz vs. Brad Thompson

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Putting this up earlier than usual today.

Buchholz takes the mound for his third start, while Brad Thompson makes his first start of the season after 14 relief appearances. Or as Tom at The Coors Effect puts it, "our injury fill-in starter versus their injury fill-in starter."

In two starts at Busch Stadium in 2006, Buchholz pitched 8 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs on 10 hits. He walked seven (three were intentional) and struck out three. In a start at Minute Maid Park against the Cardinals last season, Buchholz went six innings and allowed two runs on three hits.

In five innings of relief work against the Rockies, Brad Thompson has allowed only one run. So far in 2007, Thompson appears to have a couple good outings and then comes in and gives up a run or two. He had a span of four consecutive outings in which he gave up runs at the end of April.

Go Rockies! We don't want to wait an extra day for another road series victory.