National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 24th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (44-51) at Philadelphia Phillies (43-54), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57)
Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72)
(Sports Network) - The hard-luck Cliff Lee hits the hill for Philadelphia
tonight as the Phillies entertain Zack Greinke and the Milwaukee Brewers in
the second contest of a three-game set.
Last season at this time, both the Phillies and Brewers were on their way to
division titles, Philadelphia's fifth straight NL East crown and Milwaukee's
first division championship since 1982.
Fast forward 10 months and the postseason is far from anyone's mind in both
cities, with the Phillies sitting last in their division and the Brewers a
season-high 11 1/2 games back in the Central after collapsing in a 7-6 setback
to the Phils on Monday.
Ty Wigginton capped a four-run ninth inning with a sacrifice fly to lift
Philadelphia, which also got a two-run single from Ryan Howard and a game-
tying base knock from Carlos Ruiz in the frame.
"What can I say? I didn't get it done. It's really painful," remarked Brewers
closer Francisco Rodriguez. "I had a couple of chances to put hitters away and
didn't do it. I can't tell you how badly I feel."
Chase Utley and Howard hit back-to-back solo homers in the first inning for
the Phillies, who won back-to-back games at home for the first time since June
"It's good to see we can rally and come back," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
said. "I think that's a good sign."
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and scored three times for the Brewers, who
have lost four in a row overall. Aramis Ramirez, Corey Hart and Ryan Braun
added an RBI apiece.
Both teams now have a week to decide if they want to be buyers or sellers on
the trade market.
Trade rumors are swirling around Milwaukee's starter, the well-regarded
Greinke, who is a solid 9-3 with a 3.57 earned run average on the season. The
2009 AL Cy Young Award winner was reportedly offered a five-year extension
worth around $100 million by the Brewers, but has balked with free agency on
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke skipped Greinke's last turn in the rotation to
give his ace some rest, and he hasn't pitched since July 13. In his previous
three starts the veteran had struggled, and he also hasn't been nearly as
effective on the road this season, compiling a 4.41 ERA away from Brew City as
opposed to a 2.56 ERA at Miller Park.
Greinke hasn't pitched against the Phillies since June 19, 2004 and is 1-1
with a 3.38 ERA in two career games versus Philadelphia.
Lee, also a former AL Cy Young Award winner, has fallen on hard times this
season as the Phillies, who are just 4-12 when the left-hander starts, have
put up little offense in support of him.
Lee again pitched well enough to win in his last start, allowing just one run
on two hits in eight innings against Los Angeles on Wednesday, but
Philadelphia could only scratch out one run off Clayton Kershaw and lost 5-3
in 12 innings.
Lee has three career starts against the Brewers and is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA.
Milwaukee won two of three during its last visit to Philadelphia in April of
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