The Philadelphia Phillies realize how slim their playoff chances are, but they’re not ready to give up.
The Phillies will try to move within a game of .500 when they meet the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in the middle game of their series.
“Time is running short for us, but we’re not done yet,” shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.
Vicente Padilla pitched seven shutout innings Friday for his first win in more than three months as the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 win in the series opener. Philadelphia is in sixth place in the NL wild-card race, eight games behind the Chicago Cubs.
The Phillies were playing at home for the first time since a 1-9 homestand against Colorado, San Francisco and Houston from Aug. 9-19—the worst 10-game homestand in the franchise’s 122-year history.
Bobby Abreu and David Bell each had two-run singles Friday for Philadelphia. The Phillies also swept a three-game series from Milwaukee at Miller Park last weekend. The Brewers have lost nine straight overall.
“It seems like every time we make a mistake it just kills us right now,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “We’re just in a hole.”
The Brewers will try to climb out of that hole with ace Ben Sheets on the mound.
After establishing himself as one of the top pitchers in the NL during the first half of the season, Sheets has struggled since the All-Star break. He is 0-5 with a 5.03 ERA in eight starts since July 10.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who has given up at least four earned runs in three consecutive starts, allowed six runs and 10 hits over six innings Monday in an 8-3 loss to the Cubs.
“I’ve got too good of stuff to be giving up these runs,” Sheets said. “The team needs someone to pick them up and I’m not there.”