After ending a rough May on a positive note, the Milwaukee Brewers hope for better things as the calendar turns.
The Brewers look to open June by winning two straight for the first time in a month Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies .
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 5 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs to help Milwaukee (20-33) snap a season-high six-game skid with an 8-5 win at Philadelphia on Friday. Yuniesky Betancourt added three hits as the Brewers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to conclude a month they'd like to forget.
Milwaukee's 6-22 mark in May ties the Seattle Pilots - in August 1969 of their lone season before becoming the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970 - for the worst month in the history of the franchise."We've had problems this month?" joked Brewers manager Ron Roenicke . "Yes, it was a big win."
However, with a hard-fought victory under their belts and the beginning of a new month, the Brewers should feel confident while trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since April 29-30."It's been tough but the guys are still battling," winning pitcher Yovani Gallardo said.
Gallardo settled down after allowing a three-run, first-inning homer to Domonic Brown and helped hand Philadelphia (26-29) its fourth loss in six games.
Lucroy is batting .424 (14 for 33) in nine games to raise his average from .208 to .253. He's 8 for 12 in his last three against the Phillies.
Milwaukee's Wily Peralta (3-6, 6.35 ERA) looks to avoid a fifth consecutive losing start when he takes the mound Saturday. The right-hander, who has an 8.15 ERA in his last four outings, allowed four runs and walked a career-high five in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Minnesota on Monday.
Saddled with lofty expectations after going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in September, Peralta ranks among the major league leaders with 48 runs allowed and could soon find himself out of Milwaukee's rotation if he doesn't turn things around."He's got a tremendous upside, but he's got to be confident when he's doing this," Roenicke said. "How do you get a guy confident? It comes with success. Right now, he's not that guy."
This will be Peralta's first appearance against the Phillies, who have dropped two in a row since again moving within a game of .500.
Brown, who also homered in the sixth inning, ended May by hitting 12 of his team-leading 15 home runs and driving in 25 runs in 28 games. Six of the eight hits in his last 20 at-bats have left the park.
He's 5 for 8 with eight RBIs in his last two games against the Brewers.
Scheduled Philadelphia starter Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 5.74) allowed two runs in each of his first two starts this season but was tagged for six and nine hits, including two homers, in 2 1-3 innings of a 9-3 loss at Boston on Monday."The ball was up. I couldn't get it down in the zone," the right-hander said. "It had good movement, but it's hard when it's up a lot."
Cloyd will be making his first home start of 2013 and first ever against the Brewers.
|May 25, 2013||Jim Henderson||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 22, 2013||Hiram Burgos||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|May 08, 2013||Tom Gorzelanny||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|April 28, 2013||Jean Segura||Day-to-Day||Right index finger|
|April 12, 2013||Alex Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|May 22, 2013||Chase Utley||Day-to-Day||Sore Ribcage|
|May 21, 2013||Chase Utley||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 20, 2013||Ryan Howard||Day-to-Day||Sore left knee|
|May 20, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2013||Carlos Ruiz||Day-to-Day||Strained right hamstring|
|May 11, 2013||Mike Adams||15-Day DL||Right back strain|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers had a little extra help holding off the Phillies.
Second-base umpire Mike Estabrook called pinch-runner Kyle Kendrick out on a pickoff even though shortstop Jean Segura tagged him without the ball and the Brewers held on to beat Philadelphia 4-3 on Saturday.
Kendrick was the second out of the inning, and the next batter doubled before Rodriguez was able to nail down his third straight save.
After the game, crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter that it was an incorrect call after looking at replay.
"The ball goes in the glove and comes out of the glove with Kendrick diving back in and with Segura diving back for the ball," Hallion told a pool reporter. "Obviously, Mike was in the right position to make a pickoff play call like that. But the way that the play developed, the ball comes free and rolls right in Segura's bare hand and he comes up shows him the ball."
Before the ninth, Jonathan Lucroy homered and Wily Peralta tossed seven strong innings for Milwaukee.
After Rodriguez intentionally walked Domonic Brown , he retired Michael Martinez on a groundout to end the game. Kendrick went right to the video room after the play and said he was "just mad" when he saw the replay.
"He was in a bad position to see that, but that was the game," Kendrick said. "I score right there and we have a tie game and anything can happen."
Logan Schafer went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Milwaukee, which won its second straight after finishing May tied for the worst winning percentage (.214) in club history.
"We got some breaks again today," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "This game is fun because you're always trying to figure it out. It's frustrating because you can't do anything about it. It really isn't fair."
Peralta (4-6) entered on a four-game losing streak but had one of his best outings of the season, surrendering two runs and eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk. Peralta successfully pitched out of trouble throughout and stranded runners at second in four of his seven innings, including when he struck out Brown with his final pitch in the seventh.
Brown had 12 homers in May with six in his last five games. He went 1-for-4 with a single and a pair of strikeouts Saturday. Freddy Galvis homered and Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a double for Philadelphia, which lost its third straight and fifth in seven games. The Phillies dropped to 8-24 when scoring three runs or less.
Galvis homered to lead off the ninth before Jimmy Rollins , who didn't start due to a sore foot, followed with a pinch-hit single. Kendrick ran for Rollins and went to second on Ben Revere 's sacrifice bunt, but was picked off.
"It's unfortunate, but it's one of those plays that if any one of us - any umpire - had seen the loose ball, we certainly would have come in and helped Mike out with that," Hallion said. "The problem was that I don't think anybody saw the ball. I don't think anyone from the Phillies dugout or the Brewers dugout or Kendrick knew that the ball was on the ground."
After the Kendrick out, Rodriguez intentionally walked Brown to put runners on first and second with two outs before getting Michael Martinez to ground out to end the game.
"It's kind of how things have been going for us," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Tyler Cloyd (1-2) gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.
Delmon Young was responsible for two of the Brewers' first three runs, as his throwing error in the second inning allowed Lucroy to score after Schafer's RBI single that also scored Aramis Ramirez and gave Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.
Kevin Frandsen 's RBI groundout in the fourth pulled the Phillies within 2-1. But the Brewers got the run back in the fifth when Segura tripled for a 3-1 lead.
Philadelphia closed within 3-2 on Erik Kratz 's RBI single in the sixth, but Lucroy homered to left with two outs in the eighth off reliever Mike Adams . It was the third homer in two games for Lucroy, who went 5-for-5 with two homers and a double in Friday's 8-5 win over Philadelphia.
Notes: Schafer was filling in for regular center fielder Carlos Gomez , who got the day off. . Brown became the first player in Major League history with at least 10 homers and no walks in a month. . Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers (1-3, 5.66) is scheduled to face Phillies lefty Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) in the finale of the three-game series at 1:35 Sunday.