National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 19th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (55-65) at Milwaukee Brewers (54-65), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (5-9, 4.53)
Milwaukee - Randy Wolf (3-9, 5.65)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers look to capture another series win at
home when they close out a four-game set this afternoon versus the
Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.
Milwaukee had won the first two installments of this series, but dropped a 4-3
decision on Saturday, losing for the ninth time in 15 tries overall.
Michael Fiers gave up back-to-back homers in the second inning to put the
Brewers in an early hole and was saddled with the loss. He gave up all four
runs and five hits in five innings for Milwaukee.
"(Fiers) really hasn't thrown that many innings, we're going to talk about
that," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You don't necessarily view it as
fatigue, but more that he is missing his spots. After those two bad innings he
Aramis Ramirez homered and Ryan Braun seems to be back on track, at least for
this series, and finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Braun has gone
deep four times in his last three games (6 RBI).
The Brewers had an eight-game home winning streak stopped and are 8-1-1 over
their last 10 home series. They will host the Cubs for three games, starting
Former Phillie Randy Wolf gets the call for Milwaukee Sunday and he is 0-3
with a 5.83 earned run average in his last five starts, with his team going
just 1-4 in that span.
Wolf previously toed the rubber in an 8-6 loss at Colorado on Tuesday and was
tagged for six runs and 10 hits in five frames, falling to 3-9 in 24 games (23
starts) with a 5.65 ERA.
The veteran left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in eight career starts against
the Phillies. Wolf spent 1999-2006 with Philadelphia.
Cole Hamels played stopper for the Phillies last night and earned his 14th
win (14-6) by allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and only
one walk. Hamels allowed two homers, but got enough run support early on. He
snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak after giving up the homer to Ramirez in
the second frame.
John Mayberry and Eric Kratz staked Hamels to a 3-0 lead with home runs in the
second inning, while Ryan Howard had two doubles and drove in a run and Chase
Utley went 2-for-4 and scored a run for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game
losing streak and won for the fourth time in seven tries. Howard has hit
safely in 12 straight starts at Miller Park.
"I got ahead in the count and he gave me a fastball that I was able to put a
good swing on," Mayberry said. "It was huge to be able to get (Hamels) that
win, and it was great that Papelbon was able to come in and slam the door."
Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final out in the eighth and retired the side in
order in the ninth nail down his 27th save. The Phillies are 3-3 on a seven-
game road trip and will begin a 10-game homestand Monday night versus
Cincinnati, Washington and the New York Mets.
Kyle Kendrick looks to build on a solid performance his last time out when he
takes the mound in Milwaukee today. Kendrick threw seven scoreless innings and
struck out six with no walks in a 1-0 victory at Miami on Tuesday, and only
needed Jimmy Rollins' leadoff home run.
Kendrick has taken over a spot in the rotation and is 5-9 with a 4.53 earned
run average in 28 games (16 starts) this season. In six career games, three of
which have been starts, against the Brewers, the right-handed Kendrick is 0-3
with a 4.82 ERA.
Philadelphia is 4-2 against the Brewers this season thanks to a sweep back in
late July and 8-3 in the past 11 matchups between the ballclubs.
08/19 10:30:41 ET