Instant Replay: Brewers 6, Phillies 2
MILWAUKEE – This miserable Phillies season continued with a 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
For the second night in a row, defense hurt the Phils. Rightfielder Domonic Brown dropped a catchable ball at the wall with two outs in the fourth inning and that opened the door for the Brewers to score four runs in the frame.
Twelve of the Brewers’ 13 runs in the first two games of the series have come with two outs.
The Phillies have lost three straight games by a combined score of 22-8.
Starting pitching report
Vance Worley (6-8) allowed seven hits and four runs in just 4 2/3 innings. All the runs came in the fourth after Brown dropped a two-out fly ball on the warning track. Brown’s drop allowed two runs to score. Worley gave up a two-run single to the opposing pitcher later in the inning. Worley has lasted less than six innings in four of his last five starts.
Brewers righthander Yovani Gallardo (12-8) was impressive. He held the Phillies to four hits over seven innings and allowed just a run while walking two and striking out nine. In three career starts against the Phils, Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA.Bullpen report
B.J. Rosenberg allowed a two-run homer to Phillies killer Ryan Braun. Jeremy Horst pitched a scoreless inning.At the plate
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard had back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning. The Phils had three straight hits in the top of the fourth inning then did not get another hit until Laynce Nix doubled with two outs in the ninth. Kevin Frandsen followed with an RBI single.
Braun continued to torment the Phillies. He clubbed a two-run homer to dead center in the sixth inning as the Brewers opened a 6-1 lead.
Braun is 10 for 19 with five homers and eight RBIs against the Phillies this season.In the field
Brown’s drop of Nyjer Morgan’s drive in rightfield came after he had run toward the wall. It was not an easy play, but it was a very makeable play. It clanged off his glove and was scored a triple. It could have been scored an error.Health check
Howard, who missed the first half of the season while recovering from Achilles surgery, is still not running well, and probably won’t be up to full speed until next season. Otherwise, Howard is healthy, manager Charlie Manuel said.
Cole Hamels (13-6, 2.91) looks to build on his Cy Young candidacy Saturday night when he faces Milwaukee righthander Mike Fiers (6-5, 2.63).
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