On Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies open a three-game series on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies lost to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday 7-2 to fall four games behind in the National League East. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Phillies. Jesmuel Valentin and Jorge Alfaro each homered for Philadelphia in the loss. Nick Pivetta took the loss to fall to 4-6 on the season.
Milwaukee won for the second straight game over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday. Milwaukee now leads the NL Central by 1 ½ games over the Cubs. Lorenzo Cain provided all the offense the Brewers needed with a solo home run while Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers threw a six-hitter to beat the struggling Cubs.
Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with a .283 batting average and team high 68 hits. Carlos Santana leads the team in home runs with 10 and RBIs with 37. Philadelphia has a team batting average of .228 while opposing hitters are averaging .244 at the plate against Phillies pitching. On Friday the Phillies will send Jake Arrieta to the mound. The right-hander this season is 5-4 with an ERA of 2.97, 48 Ks and 22 BBs.
Christian Yelich leads the Brewers with a .302 batting average. Travis Shaw leads in home runs with 14 and RBIs with 43, while Lorenza Cain has a team high 69 hits. Milwaukee has a team batting average of .247 while opposing hitters are averaging .224 at the plate against Brewers pitching. On Friday, the Brewers will send Brent Suter to the mound. The left-hander this season is 6-4 with an ERA of 4.61, 59 Ks and 15 BBs.