Cesar Hernandez attempts to break up a double play being turned by Scooter Gennett during the Phillies’ 8-7 loss to the Brewers. (USA Today Images)
Yet another bad start by a Philadelphia Phillies hurler, who have managed to turn the 2nd worst offense in baseball into the Milwaukee Bashers. Tonight’s victim, Chad Billingsley, gives up a leadoff walk followed by 3 straight singles, and 3 runs are on the board before most are in their seats. 60 1st inning runs given up this season now, for the Phils staff.
The 2nd inning was better but still started off w/ a walk and then a run scoring double by Gerrardo Parra, but Chad finishes the inning w/ no further damage, but the Phillies find themselves a 4 run hole.
They get to Milwaukee Brewers starter Matt Garza in the bottom of that frame w/ Cody Asche driving one out to right center scoring Domonic Brown who lead off w/ a single, cutting the lead in half.
..but no SDI for Billingsley as he gives one back on 3 straight 2 out singles.
Phils get in on the singles night action w/ 4 of their own by Asche, Freddy Galvis, Cameron Rupp, and then Odubel Herrara, which knocks in two.
Billingsley gives them right back the next inning. He winds up going only 5, 7 runs, 6 earned, on 10 hits.
Every time the Phillies offense tries to get something going, which they have been doing more of this last month or so, fueled by the NL rookie of the month, Maikel Franco, the pitchers just douse whatever momentum they attempt to build.
In possibly his best outing of the season, Justin De Fratus shuts down the Brewers hitting machine for two strong innings, 2 hits, but 3 ks as well.
In the 7th the Phils come back once more w/ an RBI double by Ryan Howard, and then a pinch hit single by Ben Revere, as Howard rumbles home, both of those runs coming off Phillies fan favorite, Jonathan Broxton. Those fans then Do the Freddy as Galvis singles in Revere who does a great slide around Jonathan Lucroy, and the 1st run in over 16 innings given up by Will Smith, to make it a new ballgame.
Ken Giles works around a leadoff walk for a scoreless 8th.
Phils then waste a leadoff hit by Herrara, his 3rd of the night – one of 4 Phils hitters w/ 3, as one of those, Cesar Hernandez, strikes out on a bunt attempt, a loud Franco out to left, and a k by Howard.
But for a 2 out hit, Jonathan Papelbon holds down the Brewers in the 9th.
Another rally is snuffed in the 9th, so free baseball delays the post-game fireworks.
In his 2nd inning of work Papelbon, 1st time since July of last season he goes 2, induces a double play to erase a leadoff hit to one of the better names in baseball Scooter Gennett.
Top 11 a leadoff double by Lucroy, a productive out by Ryan Braun, and then a single by Adam Lind off of Luis Garcia gives the Brewers the lead. Carlos Gomez, along w/ Franco the only position players w/o a hit, grounds into a double play to end the inning.
One of the best closers in the game, Francisco Rodriguez, finishes this one and the Milwaukee Brewers get their 1st sweep of the season.
8 – 7 is your final. Michael Blazek (5-2) is the winner, and Luis Garcia (2-3) picks up the loss.
Next up the Phils go on the road until after the ASG break, starting in Atlanta for 3 games.