Friday, July 21, 2017

Nola on the mound as Phillies welcome Brewers to Philly

Philadelphia welcomes the Brewers as Phillies aim to keep streak going
The Philadelphia Phillies open a 10-game homestand tonight with a three-game set against the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Phillies enter tonight having won two straight to close out their previous series in Miami with the Marlins.

"It's great to get back-to-back wins on the road," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "Now we just need to build off that as we come back home."

The Brewers have stumbled since the All-Star break, having lost five straight while scoring just nine runs in a four-game series at Pittsburgh.

We didn’t score enough runs this series,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell told Fox Sports Wisconsin. “That’s evident for sure. I’m confident in our offense. We’re going to score runs. I think that’s a place we’ve been very consistent all year, and I think that’ll pick up for sure.”

The Brewers took two of three from the Phillies last weekend at Miller Park.

Aaron Nola will start tonight's contest for the Phillies. He is 3-1 in his past five starts, compiling a 1.78 ERA in those starts (35 1/3 innings) with 51 strikeouts.

“I’m trying to command the ball and not throw every pitch hard,” Nola said last week. “The beginning of the year, I was trying to throw hard more than I am now. So that’s why I was a little more spotty.”

Nola is 2-0 lifetime against the Brewers in three starts (19 innings) with a 1.42 ERA. He tossed six innings in a no decision against the Brewers last Saturday, surrendering two runs.

"He's a good young pitcher," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "He has strong movement and seems like he really know how to pitch, not just throw. That's important at this level."

Matt Garza will start for the Brewers. In four career starts at Citizens Bank Park he has a 1-1 record and a 2.88 ERA.

Injury News
The Phillies activated Howie Kendrick from the disabled list. He had been sidelined since June 28th with a hamstring strain. To make room on the 25-man roster the Phillies optioned Brock Stassi to triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Tonight's Phillies Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Odubel Herrera, CF
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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