It was almost a laughable lineup, about half regulars and half bench players (or scrubs, or yannigans, depending on your own personal vernacular), but it turned out to be effective. The Phillies submitted a starting lineup without Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, and Jimmy Rollins and still managed to tag the National League’s second-best team for seven runs, while Cole Hamels held the Brewers to two earned runs and six baserunners for his third complete game and 14th win of the year.
The Phillies, who had managed only two baserunners off Brewers starter Chris Narveson through 5 2/3 innings, tagged him for six runs in the sixth to overhaul a 1-0 Brewers lead. Eight straight batters reached base after the first two hitters of the inning were set down quickly. The offensive explosion was somewhat fortuitous, as Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez overran what would have been the last out of the inning, which turned into a game-tying double for Wilson Valdez. Two batters later, Gomez broke in on a Hunter Pence fly ball that wound up going over his head for a two-run triple. The next batter, Stanford-educated first baseman and mermaid aficionado John Mayberry Jr. had an infield single when it looked like Brewer shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt had thrown him out by half a step.
Hamels, who had allowed a fifth-inning solo home run to Betancourt, needed no more support, allowing one more run on a Corey Hart homer in the bottom of the inning before retiring 11 of the last 13 men he faced. Pence doubled in Exxon in the top of the ninth to settle the score at its final mark of 7-2.
Shaun Marcum faces Roy Halladay in a battle of former Toronto Blue Jay teammates at 8:10. The Phillies are now 9 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.