The Milwaukee Brewers regained their footing following a three-game losing skid to win back-to-back games and nine of their last 12 overall. The Brewers look to remain on the fast track on Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the host Philadelphia Phillies, who have lost two straight after winning 11 of their previous 15.
Milwaukee rebounded from a 7-4 setback in the opener to yield just three runs in its last two games while Ryan Braun is 3-for-8 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored in that stretch. Braun, a former National League Most Valuable Player, is 60-for-147 with 45 RBIs with 38 runs scored in his career at Citizens Bank Park and is 2-for-5 versus Thursday starter Zach Eflin. While Eflin has been rock-solid in his last three starts, the Phillies' defense left plenty to be desired in Wednesday's 5-2 setback as a pair of gaffes led to a three-run third inning. Jean Segura belted a solo homer in the first inning and carries a six-game hitting streak into Thursday's tilt versus right-hander Zach Davies.
TV: 1:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCS Philadelphia
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Zach Davies (4-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Zach Eflin (5-3, 2.47)
Davies worked into the seventh inning for the third time this season on Saturday after allowing one run on six hits in a no-decision at the Chicago Cubs. The 26-year-old has won just one of his four road starts this season as opposed to posting a 3-0 mark with an 0.76 ERA at Miller Park. Andrew McCutchen (4-for-12, homer, five RBIs) and Maikel Franco (4-for-6, homer, four RBIs) have enjoyed success versus Davies, who split a pair of starts with a 7.15 ERA and 1.94 ERA versus Philadelphia while permitting the club to bat .333 against him.
Eflin became the majors' first pitcher with two complete games this season and recorded his second career shutout after scattering four hits and striking out seven in Saturday's 7-0 win at Kansas City. The 25-year-old, who also notched a complete game against Miami on April 28, has allowed just two runs on 15 hits in his last three starts (25 innings). While Lorenzo Cain (2-for-5) has enjoyed some success in a small sample size versus Eflin, the hurler can take some solace in getting the better of reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich (0-for-5).
1. Philadelphia C J.T. Realmuto has four hits in the series and seven with three RBIs and three runs scored in his last six games overall.
2. Cain is 10-for-29 during his six-game hitting streak.
3. Phillies 1B Rhys Hoskins is 4-for-25 with nine strikeouts in his last seven games.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 1 Aaron Wilkerson #56 | RP
- HOMERUNS 19 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- RUNS BATTED IN 41 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- STOLEN BASES 9 Christian Yelich #22 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 19.286 Jay Jackson #25 | RP
- WINS 6 Brandon Woodruff #53 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 50 Travis Shaw #21 | 3B
- SAVES 12 Josh Hader #71 | RP
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- ForearmEarly June | 10-day IL
Velasquez has been designated to the 10-day injured list with a strained right forearm. It is anticipated that he will likely be away from the field until at least the early portion of June.
- ForearmEarly June | 60-day IL
Hunter is sidelined with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right forearm and has been transferred to the 60-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined until the early part of June.
- ElbowEarly June | 10-day IL
Arano has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, and he is likely to remain idle until at least the start of June.
- BicepEarly June | 10-day IL
Ramos is on the 10-day injured list due to right biceps tendinitis and is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of June.
- GroinEarly June | 10-day IL
Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a Grade 2 right groin strain. It is anticipated that he will be out of action until at least the beginning of June.
- ElbowEarly July | 10-day IL
Robertson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow, and he is expected to be away from the field until at least the beginning of July.
- HamstringQues Sun | 10-day IL
Kingery has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return Sunday against the Rockies.
- KneeProb Wed | probable
Harper is battling soreness in his left knee, but it is expected that he will take the field Wednesday against the Brewers.
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- BackQues Fri | questionable
Yelich has been held out of the previous two games with back spasms, and it is uncertain if he will be in Friday's lineup versus the Phillies.
- WristQues Mon | 10-day IL
Shaw has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist strain. It is unknown if he will be activated in time for Monday's contest against the Twins.
- HamstringEarly June | 10-day IL
Pina has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain but is expected to return during the first week of June.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Nelson is on the 10-day injured list while recuperating from shoulder surgery and is likely to remain out of commission until the early part of June.
- KneeOut Wed | out
Braun will not take the field against the Reds on Wednesday as he is dealing with knee discomfort.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Aguilar is unlikely to participate in Tuesday's game against the Reds due to a day of rest.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Braun is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Braves as he likely will be given the day to rest.
- FingerProb Sat | probable
Anderson has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a right middle finger laceration. He is projected to make his scheduled start against the Braves on Saturday.
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