Harang hit hard as Phillies drop third straight game to Brewers

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It was another rough night for the Phillies, as the team fell behind early and never really threatened at a chance at a comeback, falling to the Brewers for the third straight night, this time by the score of 9-5.

Phillies starter Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08 ERA) exasperated his recent struggles, giving up 14 hits and eight earned runs before before being pulled in the sixth inning. Harang has now given up 32 earned runs in his last six starts, drastically damaging his trade value in a stretch that has seen his ERA more than double since his start just over a month ago against the Cincinnati Reds, when he was performing like one of the best pitchers in the National League.

Rookie Maikel Franco was the highlight on the offensive side for the Phillies, finishing 3-4 with three doubles and two RBI, raising his batting average to .305.

Reliever Jake Diekman had a solid outing for a change, pitching two scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to an only slightly more respectable 5.22.

The Phillies will attempt to avoid the four-game sweep on Thursday night in a pitching matchup that definitely favors the offense. Phillies’ starter Chad Billingsley (0-2, 6.75 ERA) makes his first start since landing on the 15-day DL with a strained right shoulder. Milwaukee counters with Matt Garza (4-10, 5.52 ERA), a pitcher hoping to bounce back after posting an 8.50 ERA in his last three stars. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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