Remember Thursday when the Phillies took game one against the Brewers, extending their win streak to five games, and pushing them over the .500 mark? Those were the days. Or day I guess. After that the Phillies pulled a complete 360, dropping close games Friday and Saturday, before giving way to a beat-down by the Brewers today.
Things were ugly early, as Jonathan Pettibone gave up six runs to Brewers, four of which were earned, over 5.1 innings.The Brewers didn’t do the abundance of damage on longballs either. Rather, Scooter Gennett hit a two-run triple in the second inning scoring two, before Kyle Lohse grounded out to score Gennett. Gennett had zero career RBI’s coming into the day, and was batting just over .100 in case you were wondering.
The bullpen with the exception, of a solid inning from Justin De Fratus in the eighth, wasn’t too hot today either. Jeremy Horst, continued his abysmal 2013, giving up a two-run bomb to Carlos Gomez in the sixth. Martin Maldonado even hit a homerun off of Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the eighth, to make it a 9-1 lead.
Ryan Braun did leave the game for the Brewers in the third inning with a thumb injury, and while the assumption is that Braun will be alright, it kind of rounds out a disastrous week for Braun who may be facing a suspension for reported PED use.
And Kyle Lohse escaped some early trouble for the Brewers and was lights out today. Lohse, who entered the game with a 1-6 record in 2013, went eight innings allowing only four hits and one run. The guy who actually put a run on the board for the Phillies? The man who I was killing less than 24 hours ago, Humberto Quintero.
So needless to say, the Phillies lost. And more importantly than just losing today, they just lost three of four to the Brewers, who are one of the worst teams in the National League. The Phillies managed to get over .500 Thursday, and then lost three in a row to fall to 31-33, two games below .500. I don’t even know what to say, or how to evaluate this team anymore.
The Phillies will have a much needed day off tomorrow, before heading to Target Field Tuesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. We’ll see what happens, but this is a series that the Phillies not only need to win, but boy a sweep would be nice.