04/20/09 8:46 PM ET
Phillies open series with '08 playoff foe
Philadelphia (5-6) vs. Milwaukee (4-8), 7:05 p.m. ET
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Phillies beat the Brewers last season in the National League Division Series in four games on their way to winning the World Series.
The Phillies enjoyed a 5-4 comeback victory Sunday against the Padres, with homers from Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, who hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it.
But there is no question the Phillies need to start getting better pitching. The Phils have a 6.87 ERA, which ranks last in the league. They had allowed eight runs in each of the previous four games before Sunday's victory. In fact, they have not allowed fewer than four runs in any game this season.
PHI: LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1, 6.55 ERA)
Moyer has allowed four runs in each of his first two starts this season, but picked up the win Monday in a 9-8 victory over the Nationals at Nationals Park. It was a tough day to pitch for Moyer, who grew in Souderton, Pa. It was tough because Hall of Fame broadcaster and Philadelphia icon Harry Kalas died just hours before the game. Moyer grew up listening to him. But perhaps under better conditions, Moyer will return to 2008 form against the Brewers.
Parra allowed three runs on only three hits in six innings of his last start against the Reds, but his pitch count reached 66 by the end of the third and two of the three runners who scored reached on walks. He was more efficient beginning with a five-pitch fourth, throwing 18 pitches in the fifth inning and 14 in the sixth thanks to an Edwin Encarnacion double play. With Parra at the 103-pitch mark after that frame, the Brewers were forced to dip back into the bullpen. Still, it was an improvement for Parra, who lasted only 4 1/3 innings in his season debut because of walks. His changeup remains a developing pitch; he surrendered a go-ahead homer to Jerry Hairston on one, but also used it to induce Encarnacion's double play. Commanding that pitch is the key to Parra's success. Tidbits
Ibanez hit his fourth career walk-off home run on Sunday and his first since Aug. 7, 2008, against Tampa Bay's Dan Wheeler. ... Ibanez has hit safely in seven straight games, hitting .483 (14 for 29) with seven RBIs during the streak. He has 38 total bases this season. ... Rollins hit his first career pinch-hit homer on Sunday. It was the Phillies' second pinch-hit homer of the season. Matt Stairs hit one on April 12 in Colorado. ... Utley has scored a run in each of the last seven games. ... All five of the Phils' wins have been of the come-from-behind variety. Tickets
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Wednesday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 0-1, 9.00) vs. Brewers (Dave Bush, 0-0, 5.40), 7:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Phillies (Cole Hamels, 0-1, 11.17) vs. Brewers (TBD), 1:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Phillies (Brett Myers, 1-1, 5.03) at Marlins (Josh Johnson, 2-0, 2.91), 7:05 p.m. ET
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.