Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)
Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)
MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.
Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.
It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.
It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.
With a 3-1 count and the bases loaded, Frandsen stared at a ball outside. With the Phillies trailing 3-1 at the time, taking the ball four would have cut the lead in half with the Brewers.
Instead, it was called a strike and Brewers starting pitcher Marco Estrada was one pitch closer to getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th inning.
Estrada threw a similar pitch to the previous two strikes and Frandsen didn’t hold back. Frandsen instead lined a bases-clearing double into left center, putting the Phillies ahead 4-3 and in position to take the series opener in Milwaukee.
But Hart’s slam erased that, setting up Frandsen’s 3-for-5, three-RBI game to be all for naught.
It also erased a fantastic outing by Lee, despite the fact the left-hander allowed three solo home runs. Lee pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out 12 in the no decision.
The Phillies tried to make it interesting in the top of the 9th. Ryan Howard and Brown hit back-to-back singles with one out in the innings. The with two outs, Frandsen loaded the bases for Erik Kratz, but the catcher grounded out to third to end the game.
Lee was hit for a pair of solo home runs by Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez in the 1st inning. Braun took Lee deep again in the 4th inning.
Jimmy Rollins used his legs in the 3rd inning, stealing two bases before scoring on an error to put the Phillies on the board.
2B: Frandsen (2).