Brewers-Phillies Preview


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.