Ryan Braun took a temporary break from lighting up Phillies' pitching to make a critical error yesterday afternoon, allowing the Phils to tie the game in the ninth inning. The Phillies would go on to win with two runs in the eleventh.
It was the 16th error of the season for Braun. Only two NL third basemen have made more. Ryan Zimmerman and Miguel Cabrera have each made 17, but both of them have played at least 330 more innings at third than Braun this season.
Down 6-1 in the ninth, the Phillies scored five times, driving in the last three runs on a hit batter and a two-base error.
The Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday afternoon, winning 8-6 in eleven innings to improve to 58-53 on the season. The Phils take one game of the three-game set. They are in third place in the NL East, five games behind the division-leading Mets and a half game behind the Braves.
Adam Eaton got the start for the Phillies and went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks. Six of the hits went for extra-bases, five doubles and a home run.
Corey Hart singled to start the first. Eaton got the next two before walking Prince Fielder. Kevin Mench followed with a double that scored Hart to put the Brewers up 1-0. Geoff Jenkins followed with another double. 3-0. Not to be outdone, Damian Miller hit a ground-rule double to right. Jenkins scored to extend the lead to 4-0. Eaton walked Craig Counsell intentionally to pitch to the pitcher Jeff Suppan. Suppan grounded to third to end the inning.
Hart started the second with a double, but Eaton struck out the next two batters and walked Fielder intentionally. Mench flew to right to end the inning
Miller singled with one out in the third, but Counsell followed and hit into a double-play.
Eaton threw a 1-2-3 fourth.
Ryan Braun started the fifth with a home run to left that made the score 5-0. Eaton got Fielder for the first out before Mench doubled to right. Jenkins singled to center and Mench scored, making it 6-0. Jenkins went to second on Rowand's throw home. That was all for Eaton, Condrey came in to pitch to Miller. Miller hit a ground ball to short and Rollins threw Jenkins out going for third for the second out of the inning. Counsell walked, but Suppan grounded to short for the third out.
Condrey returned for the sixth and gave up a two-out triple to Braun. Fielder was walked intentionally again, but Mench grounded to second to end the inning.
Geary started the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Jenkins. Miller followed and hit into a double-play. Counsell grounded to first for the third out.
Geary came back for the eighth and gave up a two-out single to Hardy, but struck out Braun to end the inning.
Romero started the ninth with the game tied at 6-6. He struck out the lefty Fielder before walking the righty Mench and striking out the lefty Jenkins. Myers came in to pitch to the righty Miller and struck him out to end the inning.
Myers returned for the tenth and gave up a two-out single to Hart, but got Hardy on a ground ball to short for the third out.
Mesa started the eleventh with the Phils up 8-6. Interesting that Manuel went with Mesa and not his former closer Alfonseca, who hadn't pitched since Wednesday. Braun started the inning with a ball smashed to center that Rowand caught while crashing into the wall to take a home run away. Fantastic catch by Rowand. He got Fielder for the second out, but then Mench walked and Jenkins moved Mench to third with a double. Johnny Estrada pinch-hit for Miller, and Mesa walked him intentionally. It loaded the bases for Counsell, who lined to second to end the game.
The Phils' pen goes 6 2/3 scoreless innings after Eaton gets shelled. Mesa gets his first save of the year.
The Phillies' lineup against righty Jeff Suppan went (1) Rollins (2) Iguchi (3) Burrell (4) Howard (5) Rowand (6) Dobbs (7) Werth (8) Coste. Fantastic. Rollins back a leadoff. Burrell moved up to third with Werth in right but mercifully not leading off. Coste catches.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the first and the second.
Werth singled to start the third, but Coste struck out behind him for the first out. Eaton bunted Werth to second, but Rollins grounded to first to leave Werth stranded.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the fourth.
Dobbs walked with one out in the fifth. Werth flew to center for the second out. Coste moved Dobbs to second with a single, but Eaton grounded back to the pitcher for the third out.
Iguchi singled to left with one out in the sixth and moved to second on a single by Burrell. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch with Howard at the plate, but Howard popped to third for the second out. Rowand reached on an infield single that scored Iguchi and moved Burrell to third. It got the Phils on the board at 6-1. Lefty Brian Shouse came into the game to pitch to Dobbs and Helms hit for Dobbs. Helms flew to right to end the frame with both runners stranded.
The Phils went 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Rollins started the eighth with a walk and moved to third on a double down the line in left by Iguchi. Scott Linebrink relieved Carlos Villanueva and struck out Burrell, Howard and Rowand to end the frame. Not a shining moment for the middle of the Phillies' order.
Down 6-1 in the ninth, Helms led off and reached on an error by the pitcher Matt Wise. Werth was next and smoked a long home run to left. 6-3. Coste and Ruiz, who pinch-hit for Geary, both went down before Rollins walked. Rollins went to second on defensive indifference. Iguchi got behind 0-2 before he reached on a slowly hit ball to short. Rollins moved to third. Burrell walked, loading the bases. Roberson ran for Burrell at first as the tying run. Howard was hit in the foot by a pitch. 6-4 as Rollins scored. Rowand got behind 0-2 before he hit the 3-2 pitch to third. It went under Braun's glove and into left. Iguchi scored and Roberson scored and the game was tied at 6-6. With men on first and second, Helms flew to left for the third out.
Brett Myers hit for himself with two outs in the tenth and walked. Rollins followed and grounded to second.
Iguchi and Roberson went down to start the eleventh before Howard walked. Rowand followed with a single to center that moved Howard to second. Helms was next and he hit a two-run double into right. Both runners scored and the Phils led 8-6. Werth walked, putting men on first and second for Coste, but Coste popped to second.
Rollins was 0-for-4 with two walks. 1-for-13 in the series. 291/341/525 on the year.
Iguchi was 3-for-6 with a double. 5-for-15 in the series. 361/444/556 in 36 at-bats as a Phil.
Burrell was 1-for-4 with a walk. 3-for-11 with two home runs in the series. 268/423/497.
Howard was 0-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. 2-for-11 with a home run and five strikeouts in the series. 268/396/585.
Rowand was 2-for-6 with an RBI. 2-for-12 in the series. 315/384/513.
Dobbs was 0-for-1 with a walk yesterday. 2-for-7 with a double and a home run in the series. 286/329/491.
Helms was 1-for-4 with a huge double and two RBI. 1-for-5 in the series. 254/310/373.
Werth was 2-for-5 with a walk and his fourth home run of the year. 2-for-8 in the series. 253/348/404.
Coste was 1-for-6 yesterday and 1-for-9 in the series. 328/349/443. Ruiz 0-for-1 yesterday and 2-for-3 with two doubles in the series. 259/327/390.
No game today. First of three at home against the Marlins on Tuesday.