By Mike Patterson
The Phillies lost a tough-fought game to the Brewers in Milwaukee night in game three of the four game series.
Michael Young kicked off the game with a single off of Brewers’ pitcher, Tom Gorzelanny; however, he was soon forced out at second on a double play. The Phillies could not put anything together in the first, leaving a man stranded.
Kyle Kendrick (6-4) came out strong, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first on two ground outs and a fly-out.
In the top of the second, the Phillies took a 1-0 lead over the Brewers. Dominic Brown led off the second and crushed a solo home run, giving him 19 on the season to lead the National League in homers.
The Phillies were only able to retain their lead for a short time. Brewers’ shortstop, Jean Segura hit a solo home run off of Kendrick to tie the game at one apiece.
Neither team was able to get a hit in the fourth or fifth innings, leaving the game all knotted up. Tyler Thornburg relieved Gorzelanny in the top of the fifth.
In the sixth inning, it looked as if the Phillies were going to take a big lead. Kevin Frandsen led off with a deep double to center. Jimmy Rollins followed him up with a double of his own, advancing Frandsen to third. However, Thornburg worked his way out of a jam, striking out one and grounding out two other batters.
In the next half of the inning, Milwaukee rallied to score two runs on four hits. John Axford was brought in to pitch, and shut down the Phils. Milwaukee also scored a run on Stutes, who was brought in to relieve Kendrick.
With two outs and two men on in the bottom of the eighth, Brown once again came through in the clutch. Michael Young and Frandsen were both on base after consecutive singles. Brown doubled on a bomb to left, bringing in both runners to come within a run of the Brewers, 4-3.
The Phils brought in Joe Savery to pitch to the Brewers in the bottom of the eighth, and he did his job, not allowing any hits.
However, the Phils could not get anything going in the top of the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez. Center Fielder, Ben Revere flied out near the warning track for the last out of the game.
The Phillies will face the Brewers again in the last of the four game series. The Phils are hoping to bring their record back to .500 with Jonathan Pettibone (3-1) on the mound.