Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)
PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.
Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.
With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.
This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.
Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.
With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.
Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.
Milwaukee got to Halladay right away in the 1st inning. An RBI double and RBI single by Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart put two up on the board, giving Milwaukee a 2-0 lead.
The Phils were able to respond right away for Halladay. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit back-to-back home runs to tie it up.
The 3rd and 4th innings did Halladay in. After an RBI single by Ryan Braun in the 3rd, Halladay surrendered a three-run home run to Carlos Gomez, blowing the game wide open at 6-2.
The Phillies had a chance to get back in it in the 7th. After scoring a run on a passed ball to make it a 6-3 game, both Howard and Carlos Ruiz looked at the third strike with runners on second and third to end the scoring threat.
In the 9th, they had another opportunity with the bases loaded with one out and Howard at the plate. Howard ripped a two-run single up the middle to pull the Phillies within a run at 6-5.
With runners on the corners for Carlos Ruiz, the all-star catcher roped an RBI single into left field to score Utley, tying the game up at six. After Hunter Pence walked to load the bases, Wigginton drove home Kratz to end the game.
Heading into the game, the Phillies were 0-17 in games Joe Savery pitched. After getting through the 9th he was the winning pitcher of record.
2B: Howard (2), Mayberry (13). HR: Utley (4), Howard (4).