National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, August 17th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (54-64) at Milwaukee Brewers (53-64), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97)
Milwaukee - Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers have been tough to beat at home
lately and target their eighth straight win at Miller Park tonight in the
second portion of a four-game series versus the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Brewers have won seven in a row as the host, last losing at Miller Park on
July 29 in 11 innings versus Washington, and ended a three-game losing streak
with Thursday's 7-4 come-from-behind win. Corey Hart's grand slam in the
eighth inning was the difference and helped Milwaukee to its second win in the
past seven contests.
"I was trying to get him out with a fastball up in the zone," Phils reliever
Josh Lindblom said of facing Hart. "I was coming at him and changing speeds to
keep him off balance. They're a good fastball hitting club. If you're able to
keep your stuff down in the zone, your chances are good. He did what good
hitters are supposed to do."
Aramis Ramirez homered and reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun broke out of his funk
with a pair of homers and three runs scored in the win. Braun entered the game
9-for-47 with a .191 batting average, no homers, four RBI and 15 strikeouts in
his previous 11 contests. He also was homerless in 49 plate appearances, last
going deep Aug. 1, and did not play in Wednesday's loss at Colorado.
Marco Estrada started on the hill for Milwaukee and gave up four runs in five
innings. Veteran Livan Hernandez picked up the win with a scoreless inning of
relief and Jim Henderson posted his third save by getting the final two outs.
The Brewers, who opened a seven-game homestand on Thursday, are scheduled to
send Yovani Gallardo to the mound this evening. Gallardo has won at least 13
games in each of the past three years and is nearing that mark again. He is
11-8 with a 3.78 earned run average in 24 starts and looms for his fourth
straight win and sixth in eight tries. Gallardo held the Astros to three runs
in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-3 victory on Sunday and fanned eight batters.
Gallardo has pitched at least seven innings in three straight starts and the
Brewers are 6-2 in his previous eight trips to the hill. The right-hander has
won both of his career starts against the Phillies, spanning 13 2/3 innings to
go along with a sparkling 1.98 ERA. Gallardo is 6-3 in 13 home starts in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Phillies have dropped two in a row since winning seven of 10
games and blew a 4-3 lead last night. Kevin Frandsen gave Philadelphia a
short-lived 4-3 edge with a three-run double in the fifth inning, but his
throwing error in the eighth led to Hart's back-breaking slam.
Cliff Lee struck out a season-best 12 batters and left the game after 7 2/3
innings with the lead. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- and three
homers before the bullpen imploded. Lindblom was saddled with the loss.
"I've seen us do some good things out of our bullpen, especially lately,"
Phils manager Charlie Manuel said on the club's website. "The last couple days
we just couldn't get it done. That's growing pains."
The Phillies are 2-2 so far on a seven-game trek and will hand the ball to
Vance Worley Friday night. Worley is just 6-7 in 20 starts with a 3.97 ERA and
did not record a decision in Sunday's 8-7 win over St. Louis, as he gave up
four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Worley is 4-3 in nine road starts this season and 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two
career starts against Milwaukee.
Philadelphia is 3-1 against the Brewers this season thanks to a sweep back in
late July and is still 7-2 in the past nine matchups between the ballclubs.
08/17 10:34:04 ET