That's definitely not the case this time.
Roy Halladay will try to give the Phillies back-to-back home wins for the first time in nearly a month in Monday night's series opener against the struggling Brewers.
When the Phillies headed to Milwaukee to open a September series, there was talk of a potential NLCS matchup between these teams as Philadelphia was well on its way to a fifth straight NL East crown and the Brewers were eyeing their first division title since 1982.
There's no reason for playoff conversation heading into this three-game set as Philadelphia (42-54) is last in the division and Milwaukee (44-50) is a season-high 10 1/2 back of the Central lead.
The Phillies' staggering dropoff from 2011 can largely be attributed to injuries to Chase Utley , Ryan Howard and Halladay (4-5, 3.96 ERA), but even though all three are back, getting back on track in the second half is going to take a team effort.
"One guy isn't going to turn it around," Halladay told the Phillies' official website Tuesday after returning from a stint on the DL to throw five strong innings in a 3-2 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers . "... We all need to chip in where we can."
John Mayberry Jr. and Jimmy Rollins did their part in Sunday's 4-3, 12-inning victory over San Francisco. Mayberry hit two solo homers and Rollins' walk-off single helped the Phillies avoid their first eight-game home skid in 40 years.
Philadelphia last won two in a row at home on June 25 and 26.
"We didn't match the record of 1972, so that's a good thing," Rollins said. "... Any time you can get one, it's a nice thing."
Having Halladay back at the top of the rotation could be a great thing for the Phillies, yet the two-time Cy Young winner is still working back into form following a seven-week absence.
"Consistency, there's still some mechanical things that I just want to be able to repeat better," he said.
Halladay went 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in two starts against Milwaukee in 2011.
The Brewers arrive in Philadelphia after getting swept at division-leading Cincinnati over the weekend."This sure set us back," manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you're behind three teams (in the division), it's hard to catch up."
Milwaukee will give the ball to former Phillie Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60) on Monday when it tries to avoid a season high-tying fourth straight defeat.
The veteran left-hander is coming off his first win in 13 starts - a 3-2 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday when he gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings."It's been a very, I think, tumultuous year to say the least," said Wolf, 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in his last three starts in Philadelphia. "I've had my own personal demons to deal with, just my own frustrations. It's been tough emotionally more than anything."
The Brewers could make it easier on Wolf if they snap a 39-inning stretch without a home run.
Ryan Braun , 5 for 10 with a home run off Halladay, hit .379 (11 for 29) with a homer and a double against the Phillies in 2011.
Milwaukee won two of three in its last visit to Philadelphia from April 18-20, 2011.
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|May 26, 2012||Cesar Izturis||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 09, 2012||Raul Valdes||15-Day DL||Strained right hip|
|June 25, 2012||Brian Schneider||15-Day DL||Sprained right ankle - out 3-5 weeks|
|June 07, 2012||Freddy Galvis||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|June 05, 2012||Placido Polanco||Day-to-Day||Left game - left index finger laceration|
|June 02, 2012||Jose Contreras||60-Day DL||Torn UCL, right elbow - out for season|
|May 28, 2012||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right latissimus dorsi strain|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With their full team finally together, the Philadelphia Phillies are slowly starting to look like the ballclub that has won five straight NL East titles.
Ty Wigginton hit a sacrifice fly to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning against Francisco Rodriguez and lift the Phillies to a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.
The last-place Phillies were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before coming back against Rodriguez, who replaced John Axford as the closer last week.
On Sunday, the Phillies beat San Francisco on Jimmy Rollins ' RBI hit in the 12th inning.
"It's huge. We have to build on that momentum," Ryan Howard said. "We need to take that energy and spread it over nine innings."
With one out against K-Rod, Rollins walked, Juan Pierre singled and Chase Utley walked to load the bases. Howard ripped an 0-2 pitch up the middle to drive in a pair and cut it to 6-5. Carlos Ruiz followed with a line-drive hit to left-center to tie it at 6. Hunter Pence walked to load the bases again.
Eric Kratz entered to run for Howard. Wigginton followed with a liner to left and Kratz scored easily ahead of Ryan Braun 's off-target throw.
"It's good to see we can rally," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Rodriguez (2-5) has blown five saves in eight tries.
"I didn't get it done," Rodriguez said. "It's really painful."
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and the Brewers battered two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay
Halladay allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings in his second start since returning from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list.
"I feel good," Halladay said. "The results aren't what I want. The execution isn't what I want. I definitely have some work to do but I feel 100 times better."
Joe Savery (1-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. It was the first time in 18 tries that the Phillies won a game Savery appeared in.
Brewers starter Randy Wolf gave up two runs and five hits in six innings against his former team. The lefty won 16 games and was an All-Star with Philadelphia in 2003.
Utley and Howard hit consecutive homers for the last-place Phillies in the first inning.
The Phillies didn't have Utley and Howard, their Nos. 3-4 hitters, most of the first half. Utley missed 76 games and Howard 84.
"That's a big part of our offense," Manuel said.
Wolf, who once hit two homers in a game for the Phillies in 2004, helped himself with his bat in the fourth. He hit a two-out single up the middle. After Norichika Aoki singled, Gomez launched a towering drive that smacked high off the left-field foul pole to put Milwaukee up 6-2.
Braun's RBI single in the third put the Brewers ahead 3-2. Gomez singled, stole second and scored on the hit.
The Phillies quickly erased a 2-0 deficit in the first when Utley and Howard went deep. After Shane Victorino struck out trying to check his swing on a pitch that appeared to hit him, Utley connected.
Howard followed with a drive that landed in the flower bed just over the left-field fence. The ball bounced back onto the field and Howard stopped at second base. He was credited with a homer after the umpires saw on a video review the ball cleared the wall.
Victorino left the game with a bruised right elbow the following inning.
The Brewers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on a RBI double by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart 's run-scoring single. Halladay could've escaped without allowing any runs, but right fielder Hunter Pence turned the wrong way on the two-out drive by Ramirez and the ball landed at the base of the fence.
NOTES: Left field ballgirl Genevieve Haney made the defensive play of the night in the seventh when she snared a hard liner hit by Gomez. Fans cheered her louder than Utley and Howard after their homers. ... The Phillies have hit back-to-back homers four times this season. Utley has been involved three times and he missed the first 76 games. ... Howard was 2 for 17 off Wolf before hitting a homer and double in his first two at-bats. ... Braun is 6 for 13 off Halladay. ... The Phillies had their 268th straight sellout, including postseason. ... Phillies 3B Placido Polanco sat out with a stiff back. ... Gomez had two stolen bases before getting thrown out trying to swipe second in the seventh. ... Wolf and the Brewers beat Halladay 9-0 in Philadelphia last April 19. ... Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.57) starts for the Brewers on Tuesday night after being skipped his last turn because of fatigue. Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) goes for the Phillies. Lee tries for just his second win in 17 starts.
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