The Phils salvage a win as they hang on to beat the Brew Crew, 7-5.
The Brewers tried to score first in the top of the first as, with one man out, Carlos Gomez reaches base with a double. But Phils’ starter Cliff Lee is able to pitch himself out of trouble by first getting Ryan Braun to ground out, 5-3, on a ball that third baseman Freddy Galvis made a spectacular play on, for the inning’s second out, and then by getting Jonathan Lucroy to also ground out, 6-3, on a ball that was grabbed by shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who then threw Lucroy out to end the inning. The Phils then took the lead in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with two men out, a red-hot Dom Brown hits a three-run home run, his NL leading sixteenth home run of the season, knocking in Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and Ryan Howard, who had just walked, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, the Phils took a 4-0 lead as, with a man on second, and with still two men on, Erik Kratz hits an RBI double, knocking in John Mayberry, Jr., who had earlier singled, and was running on the pitch. The Phils then added to their lead as Galvis followed with an RBI triple, as the team hit for the cycle in the inning, scoring Kratz, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ben Revere, who had started the inning off by reaching first base on shortstop Jeff Bianchi’s throwing error, stole second base, then stopped at third on Rollins’ single, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead, while sending Rollins, who had just singled, up to second base. The Phils then made it a 7-0 lead as Brown hits an RBI triple, his fourth RBI in the game, scoring Rollins. That would stay the score up to the top of the eighth, as Lee would stay out of trouble, only giving up three hits up to that point, while striking out eleven. The Brewers would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Norichika Aoki hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks, who had started the inning off with a single, went to second base on Bianchi’s single, then moved up to third base on Logan Schafer’s double play, 4-6-3, making it a 7-1 Phils’ lead. After Gomez had reached base with a single, moving Aoki up to second base, Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel came out and took Lee off the mound and replaced him with reliever Justin De Fratus. After pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez walked to load the bases, with Aoki and Gomez both moving up a base, Lucroy followed with what appeared to have been a grand-slam home run, scoring Aoki, Gomez and Ramirez, making it look like a 7-5 Phils’ lead. But, Manuel came out of the dug out to dispute the call, saying that it had hit off the top of the left field fence, and came back into play, thus not being a home run. The umpires reviewed the play and came back saying that it was indeed not a grand-slam home run, but instead saying that it was a bases clearing triple, putting Lucroy on third, and instead making it a 7-4 Phils’ lead. The Phils then got out of the inning as Yuniesky Betancourt lined out to center for the inning’s final out. The Brewers then cut the Phils’ lead down to 7-5 in the top of the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Bianchi hits an RBI single, knocking in Alex Gonzalez, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Weeks’ walk, while sending Weeks, who had just walked, up to second base. Antonio Bastardo then buckled down to record his first save of the season by getting pinch-hitter Jeff Segura to ground out, 3-unassisted, for the inning’s first out, as Weeks and Gonzalez both moved up a base, then getting Aoki to fly out to shallow left field for the inning’s second out, and after intentionally walking Gomez to load up the bases, got pinch-hitter Martin Maldonaldo to end the game by flying out to center field.
Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45) got the win as he pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out eleven. Justin De Fratus pitched a third of an inning as he gave up a run on a hit and a walk. Antonio Bastardo collected his first save of the season as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Mike Fiers (1-4, 7.25) took the lost as he lasted only one and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk, while striking out only one. Alfredo Figaro pitched three and a third scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Tom Gorzelanny and Burke Bedanhop combined for three scoreless innings, giving up just two walks (Gorzelanny), while striking out two (one batter each).
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Dom Brown (4 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, a single, a triple and a home run, being a double short of hitting for the cycle. Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) and Freddy Galvis (Single, Triple, RBI) followed with two hits each. John Mayberry, Jr, (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double, RBI) had the other two Phils’ hits. Ryan Howard knocked in the final Phils’ run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had three walks (Rollins, Howard, Brown) and a stolen base (Ben Revere (11)) in the game.
The Phils (27-30, 3rd) start a three-game series with the Marlins (16-41, 5th), with a game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm. The Phils will start Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27), who is coming off a win against the Red Sox on May 29, as he went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 4-3 win. He will be trying to give the Phils the lead in the series. The Marlins will counter with Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22), who is coming off a lost against the Rays on May 29, as he threw eight innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Marlins’ 3-1 lost. He is still looking for his first win, while trying to continue the Marlins’ present winning streak. The Phils hopes to finally figure out Koehler, while increasing their present winning streak.