L: Cliff Lee (14-12)
S: Trevor Hoffman (36)
MVP: Prince Fielder (+.200)
LVP: Corey Hart (-.038)
Defying all expectations, Manny Parra went out and sat down the first nine Phillies in order and the Brewers put four runs on Cliff Lee before the first inning was over, ensuring that anyone who tuned into this game a little late had to wipe their eyes cartoon fashion to see if they could believe what they were seeing.
Felipe Lopez led things off with a double and was moved to third on a Braun ground out. Lopez scored on a Prince Fielder single. Casey McGehee doubled and Mike Cameron hit a towering home run to left field, making it 4-0 to end the first.
It looked as though "Bad Manny" might be making an appearance in the fourth inning, when a McGehee error and a walk put runners on and then an error-changed-later-to-a-hit at first by Ryan Howard scored those two runs. But Parra settled and got out of the inning, retiring the next 12 of the next 14 in order.
He ended the night with eight strikeouts, one walk and one earned run through seven complete innings.
Corey Hart was HBP in the 5th in what appeared to be retaliation for Hart's collision with C Paul Bako during last night's game, but that turned out to be a very dumb move when Braun singled and Fielder took his RBI total up to 136 with a three-run shot to right center, making the score 7-2 Brewers in the 5th.
Hart singled and stole second and was plated by Casey McGehee in the 7th, making it 8-2.
David Weathers started the eighth and gave up a single to Jimmy Rollins, who was moved to second a FC. Mitch Stetter came in to face Ryan Howard and promptly gave him his 135th RBI. Todd Coffey ended the inning giving up just one more run, so it was 8-4 Brewers.
All the starters but Parra notched at least one hit (including a gritastic infield hit from Mike Rivera).
The Phillies brought their left-hand-heavy bench into play in the 9th, chasing Claudio Vargas after he gave up two straight singles, putting the tying run on deck.
From there it was Trevor Time, as Hoffman came in and got his 36th save of the season, throwing just 15 pitches to get Matt Stairs and Jimmy Rollins to pop out and Shane Victorino to ground to Lopez to end the game.