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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Philadelphia Phillies (24-16) RHP Jerad Eickhoff will make his fifth start of the season in the second of a four-game series and seven-game homestand Tuesday evening, opposite the Milwaukee Brewers (24-19) and RHP Brandon Woodruff, at Citizens Bank Park.

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The Phillies topped the Brewers, 7-4, in Monday's opener, behind second baseman Cesar Hernandez's two-run, game-tying home run, and Bryce Harper's game-saving diving catch in right.

Through 40 games, the Phillies have the same record (24-16) and run differential (+42) as they did at the same point last season. The club has won five of their last six games, outscoring opponents 36-6 in the victories.

Starting Pitching Matchup:

Milwaukee Brewers (24-19) Philadelphia Phillies (24-16)
RHP Brandon Woodruff RHP Jerad Eickhoff
(5-1, 4.25 ERA) (2-1, 1.50 ERA)

RHP Brandon Woodruff, Age: 26

  • Career vs. PHI: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 4 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.750 WHIP
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 4 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.750 WHIP

Woodruff is tied with Phillies RHP Zach Eflin and three other National League pitchers for the most wins, 5. Each of his last three starts, allowing one run in reach, have been against NL East opponents. Only two of the right-hander's eight starts so far have been on the road.

RHP Jerad Eickhoff, Age: 28

  • Career vs. MIL: 1-2, 5.50 ERA, 3 G, 3 GS, 18 IP, 20 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 3 HR, 3 BB, 17 SO, 1.278 WHIP
  • Career at Citizens Bank Park: 11-12, 3.32 ERA, 36 G, 35 GS, 206 1/3 IP, 192 H, 85 R, 76 ER, 27 HR, 60 BB, 203 SO, 1.221 WHIP

Over his last three starts, Eickhoff is 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA and .123/.208/.169 opposing slash spanning 20 innings; he has allowed just eight hits and seven walks while striking out 17 of his 72 batters faced. The right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings in his most recent outing, last Wednesday on the road opposite the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Starting Lineups:

Milwaukee Brewers (24-19) Philadelphia Phillies (24-16)
  Position Player Bats   Position Player Bats
1 CF Lorenzo Cain R 1 LF Andrew McCutchen R
2 RF Christian Yelich L 2 SS Jean Segura R
3 LF Ryan Braun R 3 RF Bryce Harper L
4 3B Mike Moustakas L 4 1B Rhys Hoskins R
5 1B Jesus Aguilar R 5 C J.T. Realmuto R
6 C Yasmani Grandal S 6 2B Cesar Hernandez S
7 2B Keston Hiura R 7 CF Odubel Herrera L
8 SS Orlando Arcia R 8 3B Maikel Franco R
9 P Brandon Woodruff L 9 P Jerad Eickhoff R

Broadcast Information:

  • First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game Notes:


  • The Phillies lead their division by 3 1/2 games; they have the third-best record in the NL, trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers by only 1 1/2 games.
  • This month, Hernandez is slashing .429/.500/.686 with eight runs scored, 10 singles, three doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, four walks and six strikeouts spanning 11 games and 42 plate appearances.
  • Brewers reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich is 4-for-13 in his career opposite Eickhoff with a double, home run, RBI, two walks and two strikeouts (click to expand).


What's Next:

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019: vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.
    • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
    • LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (4-3, 3.78 ERA)
    • TV: NBCSP; Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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