The Phillies look to break out of their slump as they continue their three-game series against the Brewers at Veteran Stadium.
Philadelphia has lost two straight and five of six to fall a half-game behind the Florida Marlins in the NL wild card race.
Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth gave up six runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander has lost six of his last seven decisions and is in danger of losing his spot as the No. 5 starter.
Slugger Jim Thome continued to slump and is just 5-for-26 (.192) in his last seven games. Thome has five home runs in 25 games since the All-Star break.
Phillies ace Kevin Millwood, Wednesday’s starter, also has been struggling. The 28-year-old right-hander has dropped to 11-8, with only one win in his last six decisions.
Millwood has only two wins since July 4, both shutouts. He is 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 10 career starts against Milwaukee.
Millwood will square off against fellow righty Ben Sheets.
Sheets has struggled in August, going 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA in his last two starts. The 25-year-old righty has pitched poorly at Miller Park but is 7-3 with a 3.90 ERA on the road.
Milwaukee had lost seven of eight before winning two in a row. The Brewers are in the midst of a six-game Pennsylvania road trip against the Phillies and Pirates.
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL Central. Phillies - 3rd place, 12 GB, NL East.
BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Sheets (10-9, 3.95 ERA). Sheets pitched seven innings, giving up five runs and six hits while striking out eight in a 5-3 loss to Florida at Miller Park on Friday.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Millwood (11-8, 3.80 ERA). Millwood is looking to get back on track after suffering a 4-3 loss to Colorado on Thursday. The right-hander gave up four runs and six hits over eight innings.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .314 avg.; Thome, 28 HRs, 94 RBIs and 75 runs; Jimmy Rollins, 16 SBs. Brewers - Scott Podsednik, .293 avg.; Richie Sexson, 32 HRs and 87 RBIs; Geoff Jenkins and Sexson, 71 runs; Eric Young and Podsednik, 23 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Brewers, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - 1B Sexson is 4-for-10 with two homers against Millwood. … OF Podsednik is hitting .214 since the All-Star break. … C Osik has a career-best eight-game hitting streak. Phillies - INF Placido Polanco is hitting .389 (7-for-18) in his career against Sheets. … RHP Millwood began the season 7-1. … OF Pat Burrell is hitting .246 since the All-Star break to raise his average to .204.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 26-32 on the road; Phillies - 34-26 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - INF Wes Helms (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Glendon Rusch (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 60-day DL. Phillies - IF David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL.