Brewers strike early, hold on to beat Phillies

Brewers strike early, hold on to beat Phillies

LF Howie Kendrick did not join the Phillies on their trip to Milwaukee. Key players once considered building blocks took major steps backward and trade candidates have either floundered or gotten injured.

"This is another speed bump to the year, but you've got to kind of just ride it out", Davies said. Pat Neshek will be dealt.

Staked to an early, 2-0 lead, Pivetta struck out the first four batters before Domingo Santana's one-out double in the second.

Pivetta gave up nine runs over five innings, more than in any of his previous 11 starts.

Mackanin said Daniel Nava would be a candidate for the leadoff spot if Altherr has to miss extended time. How about tonight's pitcher Nick Pivetta. Milwaukee LF Ryan Braun's second inning grand slam was the sixth of his career, moving him into first place in Brewers history.

Mackanin may need to adjust his lineup slightly against the Brewers after outfielder Aaron Altherr suffered a mild ankle strain running out a fifth-inning double Friday.

The Philadelphia Phillies lost their first game back from the All-Star break on Friday night, falling to the Brewers 9-6. They're simply an all-around sound team. He labored through the first and fifth innings before being pulled with one out and two on in the sixth.

The Phillies, losers in six of their last seven, turn to right-hander Aaron Nola to get them back on track. If so, Joseph has nailed his audition so far.

Freddy Galvis went 1-4 with a single and walk, and scored two runs.

Brewers: After two years in Boston, Travis Shaw is blossoming in his first year with the Brew Crew.

Nola throws four pitches but has been leaning hard lately on his two-seam fastball and curveball with sparkling results. Davies has allowed 15 homers in 18 starts. A big reason for the run has been a lock-down bullpen that kept Philadelphia off the board for 3 2/3 innings Friday night as closer Corey Knebel secured his 15th save of the year.