A pair of one-run losses have followed the Phillies' season-high five-game winning streak, and now they're back under .500 again. On Sunday they'll try to salvage their four-game set in Milwaukee with a win.
The Phils have struggled against the Brewers this season, losing four of six games to a team 13 games under .500. Three of those losses were by one run. The Phillies have the worst record in the majors in one-run games, at 5-10.
Sunday's pitching matchup is Jon Pettibone (3-1, 3.40) vs. former Phillie Kyle Lohse.
The Brewers forfeited their first-round pick this week by signing Lohse in late-March. He's just 1-6 with a 4.39 ERA for Milwaukee, but if you can believe he's been their best starter.
The long-ball has been a problem lately for Lohse -- he's allowed six in his last 10 2/3 innings.
Pettibone rebounded nicely last Tuesday from an ugly start at Fenway Park. Against the Marlins, he gave up just one earned run over six innings in an eventual walk-off win. Only once in his nine starts has Pettibone allowed more than three runs.
Getting back to .500 in Milwaukee is imperative. The Twins are next, and while they're 27-31, they have a patient, productive lineup. Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Justin Morneau form one of the better middles of an order in the AL.
Going back to the Marlins series, the Phillies have started off this string of games vs. losing teams 4-2. We said at the outset they needed 7-3 or better to enter the Rockies series -- their only one of the month against a team over .500 -- with a winning record.
Kratz to the DL
Erik Kratz was placed on the 15-day DL with a left knee injury. Steven Lerud was called up from Triple-A to replace him on the 25-man.
It's a shame based on the way Kratz was playing. He had a .903 OPS over his last 23 games, with six homers, 15 RBIs, 11 runs and 10 walks.
Humberto Quintero will get the bulk of catching duty until Carlos Ruiz returns. Ruiz is supposed to begin a rehab assignment next week.
1) Michael Young, 3B
2) Ben Revere, CF
3) Jimmy Rollins, SS
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Domonic Brown, LF
6) Kevin Frandsen, 2B
7) Laynce Nix, RF (first start since May 19)
8) Humberto Quintero, C
9) Jon Pettibone, P