After the Phillies bullpen cost them a shot to take the first two games of a four game set, the Phillies sent Kyle Kendrick to the mound on Fox’s Baseball Night in America, looking to clinch at least a series split with the lowly Brewers.
Things got off to a solid start early, as Dom Brown continued his torrid pace, by lacing a homerun over the right-centerfield wall to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. For Brown it was his league leading 19th homerun, and we are only in June. Dom Brown is proving that he wasn’t just a one month wonder, but rather that he is for sure deserving of being an All-Star starter, and potentially garnering NL MVP consideration at the end of the season. But that may be jumping the gun a bit.
The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the third inning after Jean Segura, who has put together a hell of a season for the ‘Crew this year, smashed a homerun over the left-center field wall. From there Kendrick was able to settle in a bit, and still make a pretty quality start.
In the top of the sixth the Phillies really blew an opportunity to put together a big inning. After a leadoff double from Kevin Fransden, Jimmy Rollins singled to left, and made a Chase Utley-esque play by taking second base after Ryan Braun made a lazy throw in from leftfield. So the Phillies had runners on second and third with no one out, and a chance to take the lead. And what did the Phillies do with that opportunity? Well the most Phillies thing they could do-strand the runners and get nothing out of the inning. Delmon Young, Dom Brown, and John Mayberry all were retired by Tyler Thornburg to end the inning with the 1-1 score still in tact.
Of course in the bottom half of the inning Ryan Braun made up for his mistake by singling and allowing Phillie-killer Jonathan Lucroy to double him home to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead. Carlos Gomez then singled in Aramis Ramirez, who had moved to third on the Lucroy double after reaching on a single, to take a 3-1 lead. Kendrick did get out of the inning without allowing the Brewers to put the game out of reach.
While Kendrick wasn’t great today, he went six innings and only allowed three runs, and it would have been nice if for once, the Phillies would have just put up six or seven runs to give a pitcher who had a decent game a win. Wishful thinking.
The Phils did keep the game interesting though. After Ryan Braun made it a 4-1 Brewers lead in the home half of the seventh, the Phillies put together a rally of sorts in the eighth. After Michael Young singled to start the inning, Kevin Frandsen followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Delmon Young struck out and with two outs it was up to Dom Brown to deliver, and of course being Dom Brown, he did. Brown doubled to the opposite field to score both Michael Young and Frandsen and make it a one run game. Charlie Manuel went to Ryan Howard to pinch hit for John Mayberry in hopes of getting the lead with one swing. Unfortunately, Howard tapped a ball back to Brandon Kintzler to end the inning and really any chance that the Phillies had to win the game.
In the ninth K-Rod set Erik Kratz, Cesar Hernandez, and Ben Revere in order to end the game, and end the Phillies chances of winning the series. Tomorrow afternoon the Phillies will need to regroup and get a series split against Milwaukee. The Brewers are 24-37 and one of the worst teams in the MLB, so getting at least a series split tomorrow is necessary.