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Phils Walk-Off Again, Sweep Brewers

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Michael Schwimer (2-1, 3.86)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-6, 4.80)

PHILADELPHIA —  On the day that Cole Hamels signed a six-year contract extension, there was a lot to be excited about at Citizens Bank Park.

After coughing up a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, the Phillies came back from behind once again as they trailed 6-5 entering their half of the 10th inning. Jimmy Rollins’ RBI single in the 1oth gave the Phils a 7-6 walk-off win and sweep against the Brewers.

John Mayberry Jr. stepped to the plate with one out and was able to work a walk against Francisco Rodriguez. Erik Kratz followed with a double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third.

With a catch to tie or win the game, Carlos Ruiz did not disappoint. Ruiz lifted a fly ball to center field that scored Mayberry which tied the game on a sacrifice fly.

But the Phillies still had a chance to win it. And for the second time in four games, Rollins obliged with a game-winning RBI single that allowed the team to get a walk-off win to clinch the sweep of the Brewers.

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KK = Kendrick Kollapse

Charlie Manuel was literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.

With only two relievers, Kyle Kendrick and Danys Baez, left in the bull pen, Manuel went with Kendrick in the top of the 12th. Kendrick blew up, allowing three runs on one hit, a handful of walks and errors and some small ball to surrender to the Brewers, 6-3.

It was the fifth straight series the Phillies opened up with a loss. They have yet to be beaten.

Joe Blanton got the job done, pitching his first quality start of the season. He lasted seven innings, throwing 98 pitches while surrendering two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.

Blanton looked really good, his mechanics problem obviously fixed. Two of his strike outs came way of Prince Fielder, who I projected to murder Blanton tonight. Fielder had a rough day, striking out three times.

Ryan Braun beat up the Phils, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the winning run in the top of the 12th. He ripped a deep sacrifice fly to Shane Victorino, who caught it with his back to the wall in center field.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy also added a three-hit game and short stop Yuniesky Betancourt had two RBIs.

The Phillies had a serious chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 3-2, Milwaukee brought in their closer John Axford to finish the job.

But Axford didn’t do too well, especially as his ERA and WHIP suggested. He gave up a lead-off walk to Carlos Ruiz. Wilson Valdez then followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Chooch to second.

Pete Orr then came up and ripped an RBI single into left field that scored Chooch from second. It was the Phillies’ 12th pinch hit of the season, a league best.

Victorino then walked and Placido Polanco was walked to bring up Jimmy Rollins. But Rollins popped up to short to end the threat.

The top of the 12th was one bad nightmare after another for Kendrick, who allowed only one earned run in the poor outing. Kendrick walked Rickie Weeks on four pitches and a throwing error on Carlos Gomez’s sacrifice bunt gave the Brewers runners on the corners with no outs. Braun then hit his sacrifice fly to give Milwaukee the lead.

After hitting Fielder and walking Casey McGehee, Betancourt hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Two batters later, Lucroy hit an RBI single before Betancourt was gunned at the plate.

The Phillies may have also lost reliever J.C. Romero. He seemed to roll his ankle during a play in the ninth. Many beat guys are suspecting Romero lands on the 15-day DL and Mike Zagurski gets called up.

WP: Kintzler (1-0). LP: Kendrick (0-1).


Series Preview: vs. Milawaukee Brewers

PHI: 10-4, 1st in NL East; MIL: 7-8, 4th in NL Central

When: April 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) vs Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55)
Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) vs Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32)
Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) vs Chris Narveson (2-1, 1.45)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, PHL 17

Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch1B Prince Fielder: Fielder is off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, hitting .321 with four homers and 16 RBIs through 15 games. But that’s something to expect from Fielder, who has always consistently been one of the top hitting first basemen in the game.

There is a lot of boom in Prince Fielders bat. That can be a huge factor in a hitters park like CBP.

Fielder is also a monster against the Phillies, especially at CBP. In 32 games against the Phils, Fielder is hitting .339 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. At the stadium, Fielder has an average of .345 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games.

With Joe Blanton pitching today, Fielder could have himself a game. It will be interesting to see his match up against Cliff Lee on Wednesday.

Overview: The Brewers are off to a mediocre start, especially for a team considered to compete in the NL Central. But it’s still very early in the season to write anyone off (especially Boston).

They are led by Fielder as mentioned above and one of the best young players in the game in Ryan Braun. Braun is leading the team with a .329 average as well as hitting four homers and driving in nine RBIs.

They also have speed demons 2B Rickie Weeks, CF Carlos Gomez and OF bench player Nyjer Morgan.

The Phillies are still off to a very strong start offensively, especially when the bats were questioned before the season. Placido Polanco has been on a tear, hitting .373 with a homer and 12 RBIs from the two-spot. Ryan Howard has also been good to start off the season though he’s tapered off the past few games, hitting .288 with three homers and a team-high 14 RBIs.

Pitching this series again favors the Phils heavily as they have their two best pitchers going. Milwaukee is still without their newly acquired ace Zach Grienke, who is on the DL until early May.

The Phils have also dropped the first game of the past four series and with Blanton on the hill tonight, a fifth is likely if the offense doesn’t show up.