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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick & Prediction MAY 6TH 2021

FinishedTV: NBC | Bally Sports Network | NBCSPCitizens Bank Park Philadelphia

901Milwaukee Brewers
902Philadelphia Phillies

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Zack Wheeler tossed a complete game three-hit shutout and the host Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep with a 2-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Alec Bohm hit a solo home run for the Phillies.

Bryce Harper (face, left wrist) was sidelined for the seventh time in the last eight games.

The Brewers placed runners on first and second with one out in the ninth, but Kolten Wong flied out to left and Wheeler induced Daniel Vogelbach to pop out to Rhys Hoskins in foul ground at first to end the game.

Wheeler (3-2) struck out eight and walked none. He threw 118 pitches, 80 for strikes.

The Phillies last swept the Brewers in a four-game series from July 7-10, 2014.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff was stellar in 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out 11 and walking two. It was the seventh career game for Woodruff with at least 10 strikeouts.

Woodruff (2-1) took the loss but turned in his sixth consecutive quality start.

Each team managed just one hit through the first four innings in a scoreless start.

Wheeler then needed only 10 pitches to retire the Brewers in order in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Nick Maton struck out swinging -- Woodruff's ninth strikeout -- but battled through an 11-pitch at-bat with eight foul balls. Odubel Herrera lined out to deep right field and Wheeler struck out swinging.

Bohm lofted a solo home run to right in the seventh to give the Phillies a 1-0 advantage. Woodruff had retired 14 batters in a row before Bohm connected on the starter's 100th pitch.

Woodruff was lifted with two outs in the seventh for Angel Perdomo.

Andrew McCutchen singled off Perdomo with two outs in the eighth and Brad Miller walked. Hoskins then doubled down the left field line, scoring McCutchen for a 2-0 lead. Didi Gregorius struck out swinging to end the threat.

--Field Level Media

When the Philadelphia Phillies began the current four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, they were two games under .500 and scuffling in a number of ways.

Fast forward a few days, and the Phillies are aiming for a four-game sweep on Thursday afternoon.

Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam in the first inning Wednesday and Philadelphia held on for a 5-4 win over the Brewers. The Phillies have appeared in seven straight one-run games, their longest streak since June 22-28, 1980, and they have won four of those contests.

The Phillies' bullpen was terrific on Wednesday with five relievers combining to throw 4 2/3 strong innings. They allowed one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Hector Neris and Sam Coonrod weren't available after recording consecutive five-out saves in the first two games of the series.

"You can always find roles for people, especially when you're pitching well," Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said.

The Phillies will hand the ball Thursday to Zack Wheeler, who is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in six starts.

In his career against the Brewers, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five starts.

It's unclear if the Phillies will have Bryce Harper available for the series finale. The star right fielder has missed six of the past seven games while recovering from a sore left wrist and also being hit in the face with a pitch by Genesis Cabrera of the St. Louis Cardinals.

"Hopefully he just continues to get better each day and we get him out there soon," Girardi said.

Philadelphia placed two other outfielders on the injured list Wednesday. Roman Quinn is out after receiving nine stitches on his right index finger, Matt Joyce is sidelined due to a right calf strain. Scott Kingery and Mickey Moniak were called up to fill their roster spots.

Quinn said, "It's very frustrating because I feel like I was getting in a rhythm. Playing three consecutive games. Finally getting my feet a little wet. Finally having some success."

The banged-up Brewers will look to salvage the finale at Philadelphia one series after taking three of four from the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

It won't be easy, especially without Christian Yelich, who landed on the injured list again Tuesday because of back issues. He has played in just one game since April 11.

"Obviously, we want Christian in the lineup," teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "We want him playing every opportunity we have. He's an MVP. He's a great teammate. I'm not sure how it's going to shake out."

In the Philadelphia series, Milwaukee is 7-for-33 with runners in scoring position with 26 left on base. Despite the offensive struggles, the Brewers remain confident.

"We've kind of established that culture over the years that no matter who's in there, guys are going to be prepared, guys are going to give their best," third baseman Travis Shaw said. "We're really being tested right here, but so far, I mean, we've come through better than I think anybody could expect."

The Brewers will turn Thursday to Brandon Woodruff (2-0, 1.80 ERA), who has recorded five consecutive quality starts. His last time out, he threw six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Saturday. He struck out six, matching his lowest whiff total during the five-start surge.

"He's taking his game to another level," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff has given up just one earned run in 18 career innings against the Phillies, going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three starts.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Roman Quinn

    Finger
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Quinn has been shuttled to the 10-day injured list due to right index finger laceration, and it is unknown how long he will be idle.

  • Matt Joyce

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Joyce has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a calf injury, and there is no timetable for return.

  • JoJo Romero

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Romero has wound up on the 10-day injured list due to a left elbow sprain, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Bryce Harper

    Wrist
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Harper has missed the last four contests due to left wrist soreness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Friday's battle versus the Braves.

  • Tony Watson

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Watson has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a left calf strain, and it remains to be seen when he will return.

  • Jean Segura

    Quadricep
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Segura has been posted to the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain, and he is not expected to return until the middle of May.

  • Roman Quinn

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Quinn has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is unclear when he will be able to return.

  • J.T. Realmuto

    Hand
    Prob Sun | probable

    Realmuto has missed the last two games with a hand injury, but he is likely to be active for Sunday's tilt versus the Mets.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Christian Yelich

    Rest
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Yelich has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Daniel Robertson

    Concussion
    Mid May | 7-day IL

    Robertson has been designated for the 7-day injured list with a concussion, and he is not expected to be cleared until the middle of May.

  • Mark Mathias

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Mathias is on the 60-day injured list with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and he will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.

  • Eric Yardley

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Yardley has been posted to the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, and will be out for an unknown length of time.

  • Omar Narvaez

    Hamstring
    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Narvaez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left hamstring tightness, and is expected to miss two weeks.

  • Manny Pina

    Toe
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    Pina is on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left great toe, but is expected to be activated for Friday's matchup with the Marlins.

  • Lorenzo Cain

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Cain will be absent from the starting lineup against the Phillies on Thursday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Corbin Burnes

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Burnes has wound up on the 10-day injured list with an unknown issue, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.