The Milwaukee Brewers prevented the sweep by salvaging the final game of the series. Despite a stellar performance by Vance Worley, the Phillies came up short in their 3-2 loss.
Worley suffered his first loss since May 29. When Wolrey doesn’t have his best stuff, the offense normally provides him with enough runs. Sunday was different. The only runs came from Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard‘s solo shots.
Worley wasn’t in top form, but he was able to get out of trouble. He used the outside part of the plate, which resulted in multiple inning-ending strikeouts. Hunter Pence even saved a run with a great diving catch.
The only jam Worley failed to escape came in the seventh inning. With two outs, Nyjer Morgan doubled to bring in the tying run. Ryan Braun nearly missed a home run as the ball hooked foul. However, his RBI single gave the Brewers the lead. It was also enough for Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford to hold.
Although he was tacked with the loss, Worley finished with a decent line. In 6 2/3 innings, he allowed three earned runs. He gave up eight hits, walked one, and struck out seven.
Other than the two home runs, the Phillies weren’t able to do much against Yovani Gallardo. The right-hander earned his sixteenth win of the season as he struck out twelve over seven.
The Phillies weren’t able to sweep, but they took three out of four. The Phillies have won every four game series they have played this season. They were able to win this one without Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. With the loss, the Phillies couldn’t gain much ground. However, the Braves also lost, so the magic number drops to six.