When Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett last faced the Angels, he was in a similar position.
Entering that May 14 start, the 37-year-old veteran was coming off one of his worst performances of the season, when he gave up a then season-high nine hits in six innings. Fast forward to August and Burnett is again coming off one of his poorest outings, a new season-high 11 hits in six innings.
The last time Burnett faced the Angels they scratched out three runs on seven hits during Burnett's five innings, but neither Burnett nor the Angels offense are the same entities this time around.
Burnett has struggled since throwing 131 pitches during a rain-delay-lengthened 3-1 win over the Giants on July 23. He threw eight shutout innings that day but is 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA and 2.21 WHIP in three starts since.
The Angels' offense, meanwhile, has scuffled since the All-Star break. In 24 second-half games, the Angels are hitting .227 (198-for-871) and scoring 3.3 runs per game. Both figures are last in the American League.
Prior to the break, the Angels scored 5.1 runs per game and hit .269.
With their offense floundering, the Angels will send right-hander Jered Weaver to the mound on Wednesday looking for his 13th win. In his last start, Friday against Boston, Weaver took the loss by giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings. It was Weaver's first loss in his last 10 starts and last five decisions.
Weaver has only faced the Phillies once in his career, earning the win on June 22, 2008, by surrendering one run in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six.
Angels: Boesch rejoins big club
The Angels recalled outfielder Brennan Boesch on Tuesday and optioned right-handed reliever Caleb Clay to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Boesch started as the designated hitter and hit seventh on Wednesday. He went 0-for-2.
"I think he'll give us a little balance, a left-handed bat. Brennan's got some experience, he's swinging the bat really well right now and hopefully he'll carry it up here and give us some good at-bats," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, he'll be able to add to that depth and give us a little of a spark."
Boesch is 3-for-15 in the Majors this season. With Salt Lake, Boesch slashed .326/.380/.625 in 84 games.
Phillies: Ruf getting looks at first base
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg took advantage of Interleague Play to get Darin Ruf a start at first base on Tuesday without losing the bat of Ryan Howard, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI as the designated hitter.
"Get Howie off his feet, but also give him four at-bats," Sandberg said. "The luxury of American League game with a DH, yeah."
Ruf went 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch.
• The Phillies are visiting Angel Stadium for just the second time in franchise history. They last played in Anaheim in 2003.
• The Phillie Phanatic made the trip to Angel Stadium as well and entertained fans with his antics on Tuesday night.
Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.