More runners left on base and more bullpen problems gave the Brewers a 6-2 win on Thursday night, and a three-game series sweep over the Phillies. It’s the first time in Brewers history they’ve swept the Phillies in Philadelphia.
They Keep Leavin’ ‘Em, Keep, Keep Leavin’ ‘Em
-The Phillies got on the board first with Marlon Byrd’s smash deep into the seats in left field. The home run was his second of the season. Defensively, Byrd made a terrible play in right field that turned into a Carlos Gomez triple. Byrd overran the ball in the corner and couldn’t hold onto what appeared to be a relatively routine play. Gomez did not score, but it once again highlights the defensive issues this team is having.
-Phils got one more in the sixth, but again left them loaded. They can get ‘em on, can’t get ‘em in with any regularity. It’s going to sink them quick.
Brewers Bats Bonkers
-The Brewers got their first two runs in the fourth inning. Aramis Ramirez doubled in Ryan Braun, while Khris Davis followed that up two batters later with an RBI single scoring Ramirez. While Braun may have done much of the damage in this series, Ramirez is red-hot as Braun. So much for him being an old man.
-Actually, Bruan did a ton of damage in this series. He knocked in another run tonight, totaling 10 in this series. He entered play in Philadelphia with nary an RBI, then decided to take it out on the Phillies and their booing fans. PED’s or not, sure seems like a good player. His career numbers against the Phillies: 14 homers, 40 RBI in 45 games.
-Khris Davis added one in the sixth on an RBI double to right-center field scoring Jonathan Lucroy. Consider me impressed by this Brewers offense. While it’s hard to tell if the Phillies just can’t pitch or Milwaukee can rake, it’s certainly a solid lineup 1 through 8.
-Three more crossed in the Brewers half of the seventh, once again beating up on the bullpen. This time it was Jeff Manship tagged with the runs, although Jake Diekman allowed two of the inherited runners to score.
The Phillies’ combination of average offense, average starting pitching, poor defense and terrible relief doesn’t seem to be working
— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidman) April 11, 2014
Lee Good, Not Good Enough
-Cliff Lee went six innings, eight hits, three runs, no walks, eight strikeouts. Wasn’t bad by any stretch, but, because the offense could get nothing going against Marco Estrada, it wasn’t enough.
-The Phillies got 25,492 people to come to the ballgame tonight. That’s not a very high number considering where the Phillies were in the recent past. That’s the lowest attendance total since September 11, 2007 when 25,263 showed up to a game against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. That number is going to dip lower, fans.
25,492 people in the seats. 2013 low attendance: 28, 826…2012 low: 40,394…2008 low: 25,831…2007 low: 23,526.
— Pat Gallen (@PatGallen_975) April 11, 2014