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Phillies Trounced In Milwaukee

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Brewers 6, Phillies 2
WP – Yovany Gallardo (12-8, 3.69)
LP – Vance Worley (6-8, 4.11)

MILWAUKEE — Fielding has never been Domonic Brown’s strong point and that was made evident again.

The Phillies right fielder made another mistake on a well-hit ball, factoring into a poor pitching night by Vance Worley as the Phillies dropped to the Brewers, 6-2.

Once again a ball hit in the direction of Brown set up a Phillies loss. Coming the day after Brown probably could have caught Corey Hart’s grand slam, he dropped a fly ball from Nyjer Morgan in the 4th inning that cost Vance Worley the early lead.

The Phillies got back to back doubles by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard to lead off the 4th inning, giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Things were looking up but were quickly erased in the bottom half.

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2013 Is on Manuel’s Mind the Rest of the Way

Phillies RF Domonic Brown fails to catch Milwaukee’s Corey Hart’s 8th inning grandslam Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE — Everybody wants to win, even managaer Charlie Manuel.

But Manual and the Phillies find themselves in a different situation this year that has yet to be accepted by the fan base.

I get it, there is still a glimmer of hope on this season with 44 games to play and their being an extra wild card spot this season, but after five seasons of winning it has gotten to the heads of this fan base that losing is not as evitable as it pretty much is.

In Matt Gelb’s blog post late last night, he talks about this very thing, making a similar point I was making to a few friends last night about what manager Charlie Manuel did last night as far as decision making.

With a man on in the 8th inning and Ryan Braun due up, Manuel walked out to the mound with the hook, pulling Lee from the game while holding a 4-3 lead over the Brewers. It was the right move that made the most sense seeing as Lee was at 111 pitches and allowed three home runs already, two of them to the reigning National League MVP.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

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.

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

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.

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Series Preview: vs Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 42-54, 5th in NL East; MIL: 44-50, 4th in NL Central

When: July 23-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96) vs Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) vs Zach Grienke (9-3, 3.57)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) vs Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Brewers get to Worley in 7th, prevent sweep

It was one inning too much for Phils starter Vance Worley.

Though he was at 91 pitches heading into the 7th, Worley was bending a lot without breaking. He finally broke as Milwaukee hitters jumped all over him for two runs, giving the Brewers the 3-2 lead and win.

The first two outs came easy for Worley, who struck out Jonathan Lucroy and got George Kottaras to fly out to center. But the Brewers fought back in Phillies-like fashion, striking with two outs.

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Halladay Gets Support

Phillies pinch-hitter Wilson Valdez slides into home safely in the seventh inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cole Hamels due with his lack of support Friday night with a 1-0 win. But Roy Halladay struggled as the Phillies offense gave him just enough to pull out his 17th win of the season as the Phillies won 5-4 over the Brewers.

All four runs Doc allowed were by way of a solo home runs. Those were his only four mistakes in his seven innings of work. Brad Lidge closed out the ninth for his 20th save on the season.

Homering for the Brewers were Prince Fielder, Alcides Escobar, and Corey Hart twice.

Fielder and Escobar homered in the second inning to make it an early 2-0 game. But Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth went back-to-back in the bottom half to quickly tie the game up at two.

But Milwaukee answered in the top of the third with a solo shot by Hart. The Phillies answered again when Chase Utley drove in Jimmy Rollins on an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

Hart hit his second solo homer of the game off Halladay in the top of the seventh. But like every good team, the Phillies answered for a third time, this time taking the lead and holding it.

With the bases loaded and one out, Placido Polanco hit a fly ball to left field. The ball was caught but Ryan Braun’s throw got away from catcher Jonathan Lucroy to allow two runs to score and give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and Lidge held fort in the ninth to give the Phillies their fourth straight win and eighth in their last nine.

Howard had two hits on the night and Carlos Ruiz went 3-for-3 with a run scored.

Halladay and Hamels both know what it’s like to not get any offensive support. Along with Roy Oswalt, the Phillies have a 1-2-3 punch rivaled by only a very select group of teams. It’s that kind of pitching that wins playoff games for teams.

But the Phillies do have one thing that those other teams lack and that is an offense that can light up any pitcher. Once it gets firing at all cylinders again, you may as well crown the Phillies.

I worry not for the Phillies. This team is too good to not be the world champions. Bring on New York.

HR: Howard (26), Werth (20).

WP: Halladay (17-10). LP: Loe (3-4). S: Lidge (20).


His Bat Got Papi

Another night of “Back, Back, Back’s” and Joe Morgan’s stupidity has concluded. David Ortiz, the nicest guy to ever do steroids, was victorious over the player he mentored, Hanley Ramirez. Big Papi blasted 11 home runs in the final round as Ramirez managed five. Ortiz was also the first Red Sox player to win the Derby in it’s 26th year.

Ortiz was the true winner of the Derby, hitting the most total homers with 32. Both he and Ramirez went into the finals round with 21 homers so there was going to be a real winner and not an instance like two years ago with Josh Hamilton.

Corey Hart (13 total) and Miguel Cabrera (12) were the other two players to move onto the second round. Matt Holliday (5), Nick Swisher (4), Vernon Wells (3), and Chris Young (1) were the other four contestants. Hart in the first round and Ortiz in the second round hit the most home runs in a single round with 13 dingers.

Not a single Phillies player participated in the derby this year, a first in six years. In the past six, Jim Thome, Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley all participated in the event with Abreu and Howard each winning one. Howard was interviewed by Morgan and Chris Berman and marveled out the feel of Mickey Mantle’s bat that was being auctioned off later that night.

The 81st All-Star game will air tomorrow at 8:00 p.m ET. Howard will be the DH and Roy Halladay will not pitch more than one inning said Charlie Manuel.

Phils Complete Sweep of Brewers

The Phillies used good pitching and some early offense to complete the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers. Cole Hamels was effective as the Phillies won 4-2 Sunday night on ESPN.

Hamels had another one of his typical starts but on a much smaller scale. With a 3-0 lead in the sixth, he gave up back-to-back homers to Casey McGehee and Corey Hart. He lasted 6 2/3, allowing two runs on six hits, three walks, and three strike outs. It was a brilliant start by Hamels that was tainted by two bad pitches and his inability to have fast at-bats.

The bull pen was great for the Phils. Chad Durbin, Danys Baez, and J.C. Romero allowed only three hits in the final 2 2/3 innings pitched. Romero notched his first save of the season.

Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard all had a pair of hits tonight. The Phils got one run in the first, second, and third inning off of a Polanco RBI double, a Hamels RBI double, and a Wilson Valdez RBI double respectively.

The Phillies will start a pair of two-game series’s against the Pirates and Cubs. Tuesday’s game will be Roy Halladay bobble head day in which he is slated to start.

Doubles: Polanco (8), Hoover (2), Hamels (2), Werth  (19), Valdez (5).

WP: Hamels (). LP: Bush (). S: Romero (1).



Jimmy Rollins could finally be back in the Phillies line up as early as Monday. Rollins sprained his calf a month ago and has finally felt he is ready to play again. He was flown back to Philly from Clearwater on Sunday.

Wolf Sent Packin’

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hits a two-run homer in the first. AP Photo.

The Phillies beat up on former Phillie Randy Wolf as they went on to win _ on retro night at Miller Park. The Phils wore the old powder-blues and the Brewers wore their throw-backs as well.

Moyer had another one of his typical starts. After the Phillies took an early 3-0 lead, he gave up three homers in the second to tie it. He finished the night going 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, three walks, and three strike outs.

Raul Ibanez had himself a nice game, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run. Shane Victorino added three hits himself and Wilson Valdez hit his first triple of the season. Chase Utley also homered in the ninth.

The Phillies got the scoring going right away with two runs in the first thanks to a two-run blast by Ryan Howard, his sixth of the season.

With the game tied at three in the fourth, Ibanez led off with a solo homer and a few batters later, Victorino hit a two-run triple to make it 6-3 in favor of the Phillies.

Moyer was cruising after his rough second until he got into a lot of trouble in the seventh. Leaving with the bases loaded, David Herndon got Rickie Weeks to hit a ground ball to short but Utley’s throw was off towards first. The Phillies only got one out and two runs scored on the error. Both runs were added to Moyer’s line. Herndon then got Corey Hart to strike out to end the threat.

Herndon looked really good on the mound in his tough inning of relief. As a ground ball pitcher, he did his job to ultimately get the Phillies out of the inning with minimal damage. It’s stuff like that which will give a young pitcher confidence and also earn him more opportunities to pitch in big-time situations.

Doubles: Ibanez (7), Valdez (4). Triples: Victorino (5), Valdez (1). HR: Howard (6), Ibanez (3), Utley (9).

WP: Moyer (5-2). LP: Wolf (3-3).