With the trade rumor mill turning over where veteran second baseman and beloved Phillie Chase Utley may be traded to, the Phillies were swept by the Brewers in a three-game series.
The series started on Friday night as the Phillies fell to the Brew Crew, 3-1. The Phillies could only muster one run off of nine hits against Wily Peralta and the rest of Milwaukee’s bullpen. The Brewers, on the other hand, managed to score those three runs off of four hits. Adam Morgan took the loss for Philadelphia, despite pitching well over six innings. Noteworthy was Chase Utley’s performance. Utley was responsible for four of the nine hits the Phillies had that evening. He went 4-5 with a double and an RBI.
Philadelphia lost another close one to Milwaukee on Saturday, losing 4-2. The Phillies had a strong start, taking a 2-0 lead after four innings. Ryan Howard had an RBI single in the first inning and Utley continued his hot streak with a solo home run in the third inning off of starter Jimmy Nelson. The Brewers fought back in the fifth inning and were able to score two runs off of Jerome Williams. With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Milwaukee took the lead off of Justin De Fratus. The Brewers would never surrender that lead, even adding an insurance run off of Luis Garcia in the bottom of the 8th inning.
The Brewers bat came alive in a big way on Sunday as they completed the sweep against the Phillies, 6-1. The struggling Aaron Harang took the mound looking to salvage the series as well as try to get back to his early season form. He gave up an early run in the first inning, but seemed to be pitching strong until the fifth inning. The Brewers scored five runs off of Harang, capped off by a grand slam from Ryan Braun. The Phillies were held scoreless for the first eight innings. Andres Blanco was able to add a run in the ninth inning with a home run, his fourth of the season. Utley was given the afternoon off, raising more trade speculations.
The Phillies are off tomorrow and head back home as they host the Toronto Blue Jays in a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The first game of the series is Tuesday at 7:05pm.