Dom Brown chases the ball after Ben Revere’s failed dive attempt to catch a fly ball in the Phillies’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers. (USA Today Images)
Another day, another loss as the Phillies horrendous season continued on Tuesday as the team dropped its second straight game, by a score of 4-3.
Going into the eight inning, it looked as if the Phillies were going to hang on for the win, but we are Philly fans, we know it was to good to be true.
In the top of the eight, the Phillies fell apart allowing two runs on two outs, both runs came after it appeared as if Ken Giles had struck out Carlos Gomez to end the top half of the inning.
Going into the inning, the Phillies had a 3-2 lead and on an 0-2 count, Giles got Gomez to swing through. The play was ruled a no-pitch because Carlos Ruiz had asked for time and it was granted. After that, Giles come unwound and allowed a single to Gomez followed by a game-tying single by Aramis Ramirez. He then walked the bases full and allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate on a walk. The reliever exited the game with 38 pitches.
The Phillies had a chance to rally back in the bottom of the eight as well as in the ninth, but both chances came up short. In the eight, Darin Ruf grounded into a 5-4-3 double play with bases loaded and one out to end the inning. In the ninth, the Phillies had the the first two batters on, but with strikeouts by Maikel Franco and Jeff Francoeur as well as a fly out from Andres Blanco ended any chance the Phillies had to come back in the ballgame.
The team finished with a horrible, 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies have the worst record in baseball, standing at 27-52 and finished June at 8-19.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels looked to be on his way to his first win since May 23, but that ended with the runs allowed by Giles. Hamels gave up just five hits and two runs over seven innings of work while allowing one walk. The lefty also struck out seven batters bringing his ERA t0 3.22 in 16 starts.
Entering the game, the Phillies had gone scoreless in 32 of the previous 33 innings in which Hamel was on the mound, dating back to May 29. They had scored just three runs in that span, before the team gave him three runs tonight.
Milwaukee right-hander Taylor Jungmann allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings.
Giles was settled with the loss for the Phillies, his second of the season.
Ruiz hit his first home run since September 5, a span of 244 at-bats, when the catcher hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.
As a team, the Phillies had eight hits but also struck out eight times.
On the other side of the diamond, Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with three RBI’s on the night.
In the third game of the four game series, Phillies righty Aaron Harang will try to get back on track. In the past seven games, he is 0-7 with a 6.05 ERA, allowing 45 hits, 28 runs and 28 walks over 41.2 innings of work. To top it off, he has only struck out 13 batters. He is sitting at a 4-10 record and a 3.56 ERA.
Harang will be opposed by former Phillies’ pitcher Kyle Lohse (4-9, 6.28).
The team has had some succcess against their former teammate, batting .267 with 39 hits, seven doubles and three homers in 146 at-bats. The concerning stat is the Phillies have 27 strikeouts against the righty, including 10 by Ryan Howard.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.