National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 9th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (31-32) at Milwaukee Brewers (24-37), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.40)
Milwaukee - Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.39)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers have suddenly stepped up their game
and are in line for a series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The two
clubs will close out a four-game set Sunday at Miller Park.
The Brewers lost the opener of this series on Thursday, but have responded
with back-to-back one-run victories. Following Friday's 5-4 win on an RBI
single from Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura homered and Ryan Braun collected three
hits and a run scored in Saturday's 4-3 triumph.
Milwaukee had a four-run advantage at one point, while Tom Gorzelanny and four
relievers were able to maintain the lead for the club's fifth win in nine
tries. Four of those wins have come against the Phillies. Milwaukee won two of
three at Philadelphia last weekend.
In his first start of the season, Gorzelanny allowed one run and five hits
over four innings in the no-decision and Tyler Thornburg tossed two scoreless
innings for the win. Francisco Rodriguez posted his fourth save with a 1-2-3
"Pretty much all year they've been pretty solid," Brewers catcher Jonathan
Lucroy said of the bullpen. "It's kind of a bad thing, but they have been in
games a lot more than they should here, lately. They've gotten a lot more
exposure out there and showed how good they are."
The Brewers are 3-3 on a seven-game homestand and will start a nine-game road
trip Monday against Miami, Cincinnati and Houston. They are expected to
activate closer Jim Henderson off the disabled list prior to Sunday's game and
he has been shelved since May 24 with a strained right hamstring. Henderson, a
right-hander, tossed a one-inning rehab assignment at Class A Wisconsin on
Friday night, throwing 14 of his 19 pitches for strikes.
Henderson (2-1, 0.92 ERA) has nine saves and 23 strikeouts in 20 games this
season (19 2/3 innings).
Rickie Weeks is starting to break out of his slump and has hit safely in 12 of
his last 14 games, batting .317 in that time. Ramirez extended his hitting
streak to 11 games and is hitting .289 with five RBI in the stretch. Braun has
hit safely in seven of nine contests.
Nicked up with elbow and hamstring issues, Kyle Lohse will take the mound
Sunday for the Brewers. Since his only win of the season on April 22 at San
Diego, Lohse is 0-5 with a 5.53 earned run average in seven starts and
previously took the mound in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Oakland.
Lohse did not figure into the decision and allowed three runs in six innings
of work. He said he tweaked his leg running the bases in the third inning.
"I couldn't come out and leave the bullpen six innings to pitch," Lohse told
the club's website. "I just tried to get through it and did the best I could.
It wasn't real bad, but I had to make some adjustments mechanically to get
"You're always going to have something. I was just doing what I could to keep
us in the game."
The right-hander is 1-6 with a 4.39 ERA in 11 starts this season and 0-2 in
five trips to the Miller Park mound. In 12 career starts against the Phillies,
Lohse is 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA.
Philadelphia aims for a split of this Milwaukee series and has been dealt two
straight losses since Thursday's 5-1 win.
The current slide comes on the heels of a season-best five-game winning
streak. Kyle Kendrick got the start Saturday and allowed three runs and eight
hits in six innings to absorb the loss.
"We had some chances to score but we couldn't take advantage of them,"
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Kendrick kept us in it, they could have
scored a lot more."
The red-hot Domonic Brown connected on his 19th home run and drove in
three for the Phillies, who have homered in 13 straight games, the longest
streak since going deep in 18 consecutive games in 2008, when they won the
World Series. Brown has helped those numbers with 11 homers in the last 15
games, while 11 of his past 23 hits left the yard.
"We fought hard all night. You can't win them all," Brown said after
Saturday's loss. "Come back tomorrow and fight."
Brown is hitting .524 with four home runs and 11 RBI in six games against the
Brewers this season.
In injury news for the Phillies, catcher Erik Kratz injured his left knee on
Saturday and was placed on the disabled list. Catcher Steven Lerud was called
up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move. Phillies catcher
Carlos Ruiz is currently sidelined with a hamstring issue, while Kratz has
eight homers and 22 RBI.
Philadelphia will resume its 10-game odyssey Tuesday at Minnesota, followed by
a series in Colorado.
06/09 10:53:14 ET