The good news is that if you had Brewers 9, Phillies 0 in your office pool for Halladay’s start against Milwaukee in last night’s game, you’re the big winner. The bad news is pretty much everything else.
Horrific game last night as the Phils were blanked and Halladay was charged with six runs over 6 2/3 innings. His start was bad, but it wasn’t quite as bad as that — Herndon took over for Halladay with two outs and two on and promptly gave up a three-run homer. Three of those runs were charged to Halladay. Not a good night for the pen, either, as Herndon and Zagurski were both atrocious.
And then there were the offense. The Phils looked good early, but after two very nice defensive plays by Milwaukee outfielders in the second and third took extra-bases away from Phillie hitters, the Phils didn’t manage a hit after the third inning.
The Phillies have scored 23 runs over their last eight games and eight of those runs have been unearned.
The Phils are 10-6 on the year after losing to Milwaukee 9-0 last night. They have lost two in a row for the first time this season. The loss ensures they will also lose a series for the first time this year.
Halladay got the start for the Phils and went 6 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on ten hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a solo home run. The home run was the first he has allowed on the season. He struck out three.
Rickie Weeks led off the game with a ball deflected by Rollins and into center for a single. Carlos Gomez followed and grounded to short, with Weeks forced at second for the first out. Ryan Braun was next and he singled to left, moving Gomez to second. With Prince Fielder at the plate, Ruiz threw Gomez out trying to steal third for the second out. Fielder grounded to second to end the frame.
Casey McGehee grounded to Halladay to start the second. Mark Kotsay grounded to third before Yuniesky Betancourt delivered a double to right. George Kottaras was next and he singled to right. Mayberry threw home and his throw was way high, caught by a jumping Ruiz as Betancourt scored easily and Kottaras took second with the Brewers up 1-0. Pitcher Randy Wolf lined to second for the third out.
Halladay got Weeks and Gomez for the first two outs of the third, but Braun popped a 3-1 pitch out to right, putting the Brewers up 2-0. Fielder followed that with a single, but McGehee grounded out behind him.
Halladay threw a 1-2-3 fourth.
He got two ground outs and struck out Gomez as he set Milwaukee down in order in the fifth.
Braun led off the sixth with a walk and moved to second when Fielder followed with a single. McGehee lined to Howard at first for the first out, but Kotsay followed with a single to right. Braun scored (3-0) and Fielder moved to second. Betancourt flew to center for the second out and Kottaras grounded to Halladay for the third.
Halladay struck Erick Almonte, hitting for the pitcher Wolf, for the first out of the seventh. Weeks was next and hit a ball out in front of the plate that Ruiz fielded and threw away for an error that put Weeks on second. Gomez grounded to third for the second out before Braun walked. It brought Fielder to the plate with men on first and second and he hit a ball that was deflected by Howard but went for a single. Weeks scored to make it 4-0 and Braun took third. McGehee was next and Herndon came in to pitch to him. McGehee hit a 1-0 pitch out to left for a three-run homer. 7-0. Herndon walked Kotsay and Betancourt moved him to second with a single. Zagurski, just called up when Romero hit the DL, came in to pitch to the lefty Kottaras and walked him, loading the bases for the righty Almonte. Almonte singled into center, scoring Kotsay and Betancourt to make it 9-0 with men on first and second. Zagurski struck out Weeks to finally set the Brewers down.
Just a miserable inning for Herndon and Zagurski. They combined to get one of the six hitters they faced out.
Baez pitched the eighth. He walked Fielder with two outs, but got McGehee on a fly ball to center for the third.
Baez was back for the ninth and set Milwaukee down in order with Francisco in right and Mayberry at first.
With the possible exception that Rollins almost had an extra-base hit that could have tripled his RBI total for the year, the outing by Baez is just about the only good news of the game. Nice to see him able to go two innings after being charged with runs in each of his two previous outings. Especially nice given that Madson or Contreras would have been pitching for the third straight day if the Phillies needed to use them and that Kendrick had thrown 27 pitches the day before.
Baez threw just 19 pitches in the game. Zagurski 14, Herndon nine. Herndon did a nice job of making a memory with a limited number of pitches.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Randy Wolf went (1) Victorino (2) Polanco (3) Rollins (4) Howard (5) Ibanez (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Mayberry gets the start in right with Francisco on the bench. Howard and Ibanez hit back-to-back without a righty in-between against the lefty. I think Mayberry should hit fifth there. Less sure it would make nine runs of difference, though.
Victorino and Rollins went down to start the first before Rollins bunted for a single. Howard drew a walk, but Ibanez flew to left to leave both men stranded.
Down 1-0, the Phils went in order in the second. Ruiz smoked his ball to right center, but Gomez tracked it down on the warning track after a long run.
Down 2-0, Victorino doubled to left with one out in the third and Polanco walked behind him. Rollins was next and he hammered a ball towards the left fielder corner, but Braun made a very nice play on a full run, reaching out to snare the ball on the warning track. Victorino and Polanco pulled off a double steal before Howard grounded out to Weeks, who was playing in not so shallow right field.
Two very good defensive plays by the Milwaukee outfielders take away two extra-base hits from the Phillies in two innings. Hope you enjoyed the early drama, cause that was it for the offense.
Mayberry walked with one out in the fourth and Ruiz was hit by a pitch behind him. Valdez hit a ball out in front of the plate. Wolf was on it quickly and threw to second, where Ruiz was forced for the second out. It brought Halladay to the plate with two down and men on the corners. Halladay struck out swinging at a 1-2 curve ball to leave both men stranded.
The Phils went in order in the fifth.
Down 3-0 they went in order in the sixth.
Down 9-0, Schneider, Valdez and Orr went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Victorino, Polanco and Martinez went in order in the eighth.
Ibanez walked with one out in the ninth. Mayberry grounded to third and Schneider lined to first.
Victorino was 1-for-4 with a double, which was the only extra-base hit of the game for the Phils.
Polanco 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s on pace to walk 61 times, which would top his career high of 42.
Rollins 1-for-3 with a double that was taken away by Braun.
Howard 0-for-2 with a walk.
Ibanez 0-for-3 with a walk to drop his line on the year to 222/290/302.
Mayberry was 0-for-3 with a walk in his first start of the season. He’s 4-for-12 with two walks on the season.
Ruiz 0-for-1. Schneider 0-for-2. He’s 1-for-8 with a home run on the season.
Valdez was 0-for-3. He ends the day hitting .298, which puts his batting average below .300 for the first time since he went 0-for-2 against the Mets on April 6. Orr was 0-for-1 in the game and is 5-for-12 with five singles and a walk on the year.
Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) faces lefty Chris Narveson (1-0, 1.45) this afternoon. Narveson threw 13 shutout innings in his first two starts. In his most recent start he allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Nats. Lee has had two good starts and one bad. His last time out he was fantastic, throwing 99 pitches and striking out 12 in a complete game shutout against Washington.