Home runs once again hurt the Phils as they lose the series opener to the Brew Crew, 7-4.
The Brewers took the lead in the first as, with two men out, Ryan Braun hits a solo home run, his thirtieth home run of the season, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead. The Brewers then made it a 2-0 lead as Aramis Ramirez followed with a solo home run of his own, his sixteenth home run of the year. The Phils got a run back in the third as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins, who had started the inning off with a double, then stole first second base, and then third base, would score on Ryan Howard’s grounder to second baseman Rickie Weeks, who threw to second base in an attempt to start a double play, except that shortstop Jean Segura would make a missed catch error on the force attempt, allowing Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, to be safe at second base, while Howard would reach first base, making it a 2-1 Brewers’ lead. The Brewers added to their lead in the fourth as Braun hits a lead-off home run, his thirty-first home run of the season, and his second of the ballgame, giving the Brewers a 3-1 lead. The Phils took the lead in the fifth as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Howard, a walk by Dom Brown, moving Howard up to second base, and a single by Laynce Nix, moving Howard to third base, and Brown to second base, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits a bases clearing double, scoring Howard, Brown and Nix, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Brewers retook the lead in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via Weeks reaching first base on Frandsen’s throwing error, an intentional walk to Braun, moving Weeks up to second base and a walk to Aramis, moving up both runners, and with two men out, Corey Hart hits a grand slam home run, his twenty-third home run of the year, scoring Weeks, Braun and Aramis, giving the Brew Crew a 7-4 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jim Henderson picked up his third save of the year as he got Erik Kratz to hit into a 5-3 ground out with the bases loaded, ending the game.
Cliff Lee got a no-decision as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits, while striking out twelve. Josh Lindblom blew his third save attempt of the season, before taking the lost (2-3, 3.76) as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up three runs on a hit and two walks. Marco Estrada also received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out a batter. Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out four. Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Manny Parra received his sixth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Jim Henderson collected his third save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.
The Phils had twelve hits in the game, with Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI) and Kevin Frandsen (2 Singles, Double, 3 RBIs) both leading the team with three hits apiece, followed by Juan Pierre (Singles) with two hits. Jimmy Rollins, Dom Brown, Laynce Nix and Cliff Lee had the other four Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had five walks and three stolen bases (Rollins (2, 19 and 20) and Pierre (29)) in the game, as they left too many men on base.
The Phils (54-64, 4th East) will continue their series with the Brewers (53-64, 4th Central) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Miller Park and is to start at 8:10 pm EDT (7:10 CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on August 12, as he went five and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 extra-innings win. He will be trying to improve on his last start. The Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78), who is coming off a win against the Astros on August 12, as he threw seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out eight, in the Brewers’ 5-3 win. He will be trying to trying to give the Phils’ some fits. The Phils will be trying to even up the series.