WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers look for a turn around against Phillies
MILWAUKEE -The Milwaukee Brewers will try again tonight to turn things around, when they host the Philadelphia Phillies. The division-leading Brewers have lost six of their last seven games, while three other teams are creeping up toward them in the National League Central.
Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati are all within five games of Milwaukee -- tightest four-team race in the Majors. Wily Peralta will start tonight for the Brew Crew against Phillies' right-hander Kyle Kendrick. The right-handed Peralta escaped with a no-decision last Wednesday in a loss at Toronto. He'll try again for his 10th victory of the year against losses. Peralta's ERA is just over three-and-a-third, but he has given up four-and-a-half earned runs every nine innings in last six starts -- in which he has still managed to go 5-0. Kendrick, a right-hander, is 3-8 with a 4.12 ERA. He's coming off a win over Miami in which he gave up two runs in seven frames. The Phillies had lost nine of ten games before beating the Crew 3-2 at Miller Park last evening.
Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says his team is "not playing terrible". The fourth-year skipper says the Brewers have been in every game, but they've come up a run or two short. In Roenicke's words, "We're not getting that big hit when we need to ... We're not making the big pitch." . The Milwaukee offense has slowed down, scoring just seven runs over its last four games. Ryan Braun returned last night after sitting out almost two contests with back spasms. He singled and doubled in a losing cause. Philly is 27th in the Majors with a .237 team batting average.
In the Northwoods League, the Eau Claire Express is scheduled to play a double-header tonight at Alexandria. That's after the two teams were rained out last evening in western Wisconsin. The Kenosha Kingfish will host La Crosse, after the Kingfish swept a twin bill from the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-3 and 3-1. La Crosse is coming off a 14-2 rout of Battle Creek. The Woodchucks will host Thunder Bay in Wausau. Thunder Bay was in the fourth inning when rain halted its game against Wisconsin Rapids. Rapids opens a home series against the Mallards in Madison. The Mallards are coming off a 7-4 win over Kalamazoo. Green Bay hosts Kalamazoo this evenings, after a 5-4 Green Bay loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Chinooks open a home series in Mequon against Battle Creek.