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All-Star hopeful Nola seeks 9th win in finale against Brewers

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

The Philadelphia Phillies (36-32) will play for consecutive series wins for the first time since April 9-15, as National League All-Star hopeful Aaron Nola takes the mound opposite Chase Anderson and the Milwaukee Brewers (42-28) in Sunday's matinee series finale at Miller Park.

In the Phillies' 4-1 win on Saturday, Rhys Hoskins continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 9. Hoskins logged his second three-hit game since Thursday, collecting a single, double, solo home run — which had a career-high 112 miles per hour exit velocity — and one walk in five plate appearances. Catcher Andrew Knapp's fifth-inning solo blast secured the Phillies win behind Zach Eflin, who allowed just one run on three hits and a walk through five innings and 73 pitches. Eflin earned this third straight winning decision, while Seranthony Dominguez and Hector Neris logged their eighth hold and 10th save of 2018, respectively.

A win on Sunday would split the six-game season series between both clubs. The Phillies have not lost a season series against the Brewers since 2015, when they lost all seven contests.


Starting Pitching Matchup:

Philadelphia Phillies (36-32) Milwaukee Brewers (42-28)
RHP Aaron Nola RHP Chase Anderson
(8-2, 2.27 ERA) (5-5, 4.13 ERA)

RHP Aaron Nola, Age: 25

  • Career vs. MIL: 3-0, 1.38 ERA, 4 G, 4 GS, 26 IP, 24 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 8 BB, 32 SO, 1.231 WHIP
  • Career at Miller Park: 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 14 SO, 1.154 WHIP

Nola has pitched four straight quality starts since May 26, combining to go 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA, 33-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and .122/.200/.200 opposing slash spanning 26 1/3 innings. Wth a win on Sunday, Nola would have the second-most wins in the National League (9), trailing only Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (10).

NolaAnderson

RHP Chase Anderson, Age: 30

  • Career vs. PHI: 1-2, 5.85 ERA, 4 G, 4 GS, 20 IP, 23 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 3 HR, 7 BB, 16 SO, 1.500 WHIP
  • Career at Miller Park: 15-8, 3.78 ERA, 33 G, 33 GS, 183 1/3 IP, 170 H, 82 R, 77 ER, 32 HR, 55 BB, 152 SO, 1.227 WHIP

This season, Anderson has surrendered 11 home runs in 37 1/3 innings at home (seven starts), as opposed to surrendering just two home runs in 34 2/3 innings on the road (six starts). The right-hander is coming off of a seven-inning shutout performance against the Chicago Cubs, in which he allowed just one single and two walks while striking out six of his 23 batters faced.


Starting Lineups:

Philadelphia Phillies (36-32) Milwaukee Brewers (42-28)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 2B Cesar Hernandez S 1 LF Eric Thames L
2 LF Rhys Hoskins R 2 RF Christian Yelich L
3 CF Odubel Herrera L 3 CF Lorenzo Cain R
4 1B Carlos Santana S 4 3B Travis Shaw L
5 3B Maikel Franco R 5 1B Jesus Aguilar R
6 RF Nick Williams L 6 2B Jonathan Villar S
7 C Jorge Alfaro R 7 SS Hernan Perez R
8 SS J.P. Crawford L 8 C Manny Pina R
9 P Aaron Nola R 9 P Chase Anderson R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 2:10 p.m.
  • TV: NBCSP
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:

Standings

  • With 94 games left to play in the regular season, the Phillies trail the division by four games and the second Wild Card spot by 1.5 games.
  • This June, Hoskins is slashing .360/.433/.800 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 30 plate appearances. Hoskins' .800 slugging percentage ranks as the 11th-best among MLB batters in June, minimum 30 plate appearances.
  • Prior to Saturday's game, the Phillies recalled right-handers Yacksel Rios and Jake Thompson from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, optioned RHP Mark Leiter, and placed RHP Luis Garcia on the 10-day disabled list (right wrist strain).
  • Although third baseman Maikel Franco has logged just 11 plate appearances since June 6 — slashing .000/.091/.000 with an intentional walk and strikeout — he is 4-8 lifetime against Anderson with two home runs and four RBI. Center fielder Odubel Herrera has previously doubled against the right-hander, going 3-9 with two walks.

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What's Next:

Monday, June 18, 2018: vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • RHP Miles Mikolas (7-2, 2.43 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.25 ERA)
  • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

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