The Phils come from behind for the second straight night, as they defeat the Brew Crew again, 7-6.
The Brewers tried to take the lead in the first as, with two men on , and with one man out, Norichika Aoki, who had started the game off with a single, then moved up to second base on Ryan Braun’s single, is thrown out at the plate trying to score on Aramis Ramirez’s single to right, as he is gun down by a strong throw by right fielder Hunter Pence, 9-2, as Carlos Ruiz applies the tag, while Braun, who had earlier singled, stopped at second base. The Brewers then took a 1-0 lead as Corey Hart hits an RBI single, knocking in Braun, while sending Ramirez on to third base. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base as Chase Utley strikes out swinging, before being thrown out at first as the ball gets away from catcher Martin Maldonado, 2-3. The Brewers retook the lead in the sixth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his twenty-seventh home run of the season, giving the Brew Crew a 2-1 lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Zack Greinke helped his own cause by hitting a solo home run, his first home run of the year, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Brewers then made a 4-1 lead in the eighth as Carlos Gomez hits a solo home run, his seventh home run of the season. Two batters later, the Brew Crew made it a 6-1 lead as, with a man on first, and with still nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run home run, his eleventh home run of the year, knocking in Braun, who had just singled. The Phils then staged their second straight late inning comeback in their half of the eighth inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the season, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr. soft ground ball to the second baseman, 4-3, cutting the Brewers’ lead down to 6-3. After Jimmy Rollins flies out to left for the inning’s second out, the Phils tied up the ballgame at six-all as, with the bases loaded via walks to Victorino, Utley, who then performed a double steal of third and second respectively, and Howard, who was then pinch run for by Mike Fontenot, and with still two men out, Ruiz hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Victorino, Utley and Fontenot. The Phils then took the lead as Pence hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, who hopped across the plate because of problems with one of his legs, giving the Phils a 7-6 lead, as the Phils batted around. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his twenty-second save of the year by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Gomez on a called third strike to end the game.
Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he pitched seven innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on twelve hits, including four home runs, and a walk, striking out six. Michael Schwimer (1-1, 4.01) got the win as he pitched an inning, getting out all three batters who he would face, including a strikeout. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his twenty-second save of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Zack Greinke also received a no-decision as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits, while striking out five. Jose Veras pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Manny Parra also pitched a third of an inning, giving up four runs on a hit and three walks. Kameron Loe was tagged with his fifth blown save of the season, before taking the lost (4-4, 4.04) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.
The Phils had seven hits in the game, with four of them coming in the eighth, a single by Jimmy Rollins, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Ryan Howard (RBI), a double by Carlos Ruiz (3 RBIs), a single by Hunter Pence (RBI), a single by Ty Wigginton and a pinch hit home run by Erik Kratz (2 RBIs). The Phils also has four walks and two steals (Victorino (22) & Chase Utley (2)) all coming during the eighth inning rally.
The Phils (44-54, 5th East) conclude their series with the Brewers (44-52, 4th Central) with an afternoon game, already in progress, as the Phils go for the series sweep.