Phillies @ Brewers
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- Philadelphia is 2-43 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 29-3 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 21-22 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 27-11 when out-hitting opponents but 8-35 when getting outhit.
- Since June 21st, the Phillies are batting .179 (23-for-128) with runners in scoring position.
- The Phillies have been held to five or fewer runs in 19 of their last 21 games overall.
- Philadelphia has lost 14 of their last 21 games against National League Central opponents.
- Chase Utley delivered again last night for the Phillies going 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the year to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
- Jimmy Rollins came through in the clutch for Philadelphia with his two-out, two-run home run in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
- Cameron Rupp had a strong game behind the plate and went 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI single and a run scored.
- Marlon Byrd was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Place: 1st in NL Central
Last 10: 2-8
- The Brewers are 50-67 all-time against the Phillies and are 3-3 against Philadelphia this season after going 5-2 last season.
- Milwaukee will get Ryan Braun back in the lineup after he missed the last two games.
- The Brewers enter the series with the Phillies coming off a 1-4 road trip but still boast the best record in the National League.
- Milwaukee is 2-3 in the fourth game of a series and 6-3 on Thursdays this season.
- Miller Park has been good to the Brewers so far this season as they are 24-21 at home while going 8-6-1 in their home series this season.
- The Brewers are virtual locks when leading after eight innings as they boast a 43-1 record.
- Lyle Overbay went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first inning that scored Aramis Ramirez.
- Ramirez was the only other Brewer to record a hit last night.
4-5, 4.82 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
Buchanan, 25, allowed three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings in Saturday's loss to the Pirates. He has earned the decision in all nine of his big league games. Buchanan has allowed more than three earned runs in a start just twice, the last time coming on June 8th.
6-5, 3.78 ERA, 1.22 WHIP
Garza, 30, threw his first complete game shutout since he left Tampa on Saturday allowing just two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in a win over the Rays. In six career starts against the Phillies, Garza is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. In 14 career starts at Miller Park, he is 5-4 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.