June 6, 2013
By Nick Tricome
Box Score (From ESPN.com)
It took the Phillies quite a few tries to get to the .500 mark, but it only took them one to get above it.
The Phillies, with newly arranged lineup that put Michael Young in the lead-off spot, beat the Brewers 5-1 to give themselves a winning record for the first time since October 1 of last season. Thursday night's win was also the team's fifth straight.
Runs were getting brought home from the get-go, as the Phillies scored two in the top of the 1st. Although those two runs seemed to be more a result of bad pitching and fielding by the Brewers, rather than the Phils' hitting.
Both Michael Young and John Mayberry Jr. reached first base safely in the first two at-bats, beating out throws by Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett, who struggled in his transitions from fielding to getting the throws off in the first place.
A single by Jimmy Rollins loaded the bases in the next at-bat, followed by a sacrifice-fly by Ryan Howard to bring home Young.
Domoninc Brown was walked by Brewers' starter Wily Peralta to load the bases again. Then, with Delmon Young at the plate, Peralta threw a wild pitch that allowed Mayberry to core from third.
Peralta had a rough outing for Milwaukee, allowing five earned runs off even hits in five inning pitched.
Mayberry hit an RBI double in the second to score Tyler Cloyd, then Erik Kratz tacked on one more run in the third to make it 4-0.
After Domonic Brown, who went on to steal second and third base in the inning, singled and Delmon Young walked with one out, Kratz hit a ground ball to shortstop Jean Segura.
Segura got the ball to Gennett at second for the force out on Young, setting up the double play. But Kratz was able to beat the throw to first, keeping the inning alive and allowing Brown to score.
Delmon Young scored the Phillies' fifth and final run of the night with a solo home-run to center. It was Young's sixth of the season.
While Peralta had a bad day on the mound for Milwaukee, Tyler Cloyd had the exact opposite.
Cloyd put together a solid start for the Phillies, allowing only four hits and no runs in six and 2/3 inning of work.
After 108 pitches, Cloyd was relieved by Justin DeFratus, who closed out the seventh inning.
Mike Adams and Antonio Bastardo pitched the eighth and ninth respectively, wrapping up the game with Adams allowing the Brewers their only earned run on the night.
The Phillies will look to keep their win streak going on Friday, with the second game of a four-game series against Milwaukee.
They'll have lefty Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45 ERA) on the mound against the Brewers' Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67 ERA).
(Image from CSNPhilly.com and the Associated Press)