Milwaukee (27-27) at Los Angeles (33-23)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Jun 8, 2004
  • TV: FSW
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The banged-up Anaheim Angels look to avoid a season high-tying fourth straight loss when they begin interleague play with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Anaheim snapped its season-high four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on May 29, and then went on to win three of its next four contests.

The Angels, however, returned to their losing ways over the weekend by dropping the final three games of their four-game set with the Cleveland Indians.

Anaheim was outscored 19-8 in the three losses after beating Cleveland 5-2 in the opener on Thursday.

To make matters worse for the Angels, they placed closer Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with inflammation in his right elbow. He joins outfielder Garret Anderson, third baseman Troy Glaus, first baseman Darin Erstad, designated hitter Tim Salmon and setup man Brendan Donnelly on the DL.

Shortstop David Eckstein and catcher Bengie Molina are also out with injuries.

”(Because of the injuries) we haven’t gotten a lot done on either end, but we look forward to regrouping and getting back to it on Tuesday,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Milwaukee also struggled over the weekend, dropping its last two games against the San Diego Padres to lose for the third time in four games.

After the Brewers scored two runs in the first inning on Sunday, Padres starter Adam Eaton retired 15 of the next 16 batters. Milwaukee finished with five hits after recording just four in a 4-0 loss on Saturday.

The Brewers are back at .500, and are in danger of falling one-game under the mark for the first time since they were 15-16 on May 11.

“I know it’s just a matter of breaking out soon,” Milwaukee pitcher Wes Obermueller said of the offense. “I think right now everybody is waiting, waiting, waiting and hoping, and pushing the issue of, ‘We’re going to break out now.’ We’re not letting it happen.”

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B. Sheets Atl vs. K. Escobar Mil
12-14 Record 11-12
2.70 ERA 3.93
264 K 191
32 BB 76
0.98 WHIP 1.29