Friday, August 17, 2012

Grand slam costs Lee, Phillies win

August 17, 2012

Box Score (Courtesy of, US Presswire
Thursday night's game was a good summary of what kind of year it has been for Cliff Lee and the Phillies.

Lee had another good outing. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up five hits and three earned runs (all solo home runs), but struck out 12 batters.

The Phillies had a 4-3 lead in the eighth with two outs and Cliff Lee was in position to earn his third win of the season.

But Josh Lindblom (L, 2-3), pitching in relief for Lee, gave up a grand slam to Corey Hart.

The Phillies lost their one run lead, and Cliff Lee's chance at a win, once again, vanished.

Dominic Brown almost robbed Hart of the grand slam too, but he just missed.

Lindblom has struggled since being traded from the Dodgers in exchange for Shane Victorino. His ERA is a dangerously high 10.80 in five innings pitched since the trade.

The Phillies had one last oppurtunity in the ninth to rally.

The bases were loaded with two outs, but Erik Kratz grounded out to third to end the game. The Brewers won by a final score of 7-4.

Prior to Corey Hart's eighth inning grand slam, the Brewers' runs were produced by solo homers from Ryan Braun in the first and fourth, and Aramis Ramirez in the first.

Jimmy Rollins, who was heavily criticized for not running out a ground ball in Wednesday's game against Miami. singled in the third inning. then stole second and third base.

After Marco Estrada walked Chase Utley, Ryan Howard grounded into a fielder's choice that Rollins was able to score on.

In the fifth with the bases loaded, Kevin Frandsen doubled to center. Ryan Howard, Dominic Brown, and Laynce Nix all scored to clear the bases to give the Phillies their first and only lead of the night.

The Brewers' Marco Estrada outing was done after five innings. He walked three, struck out one, and allowed eight hits and four earned runs.

Jose Veras pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing only one hit.

Livan Hernandez pitched a scoreless eighth for Milwaukee to earn his fourth win of 2012.

Manny Parra pitched for a 1/3 of the ninth, then Henderson came in to complete the inning and earn his third save of the season.

Vance Worley (6-7, 3.97 ERA) will oppose Yovani Gallardo (11-8, 3.78 ERA) in the second of a four game series on Friday night.

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