MVP: Ryan Braun (+.351)
LVP: Braden Looper(-.219)
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The game didn't start off very well. Braden Looper was, well, Braden Looper; allowing the Phillies to get out to a 4-run lead by the third inning. Looper added to his franchise record in home runs allowed by giving up two more tonight, increasing his total to 39. Luckily, the offense, along with some interesting Phillies defense, was able to pick him up.
The Brewers got on the board in the bottom of the third when Ryan Braun drove in Felipe Lopez with a single and Prince Fielder drove in Craig Counsell with a sac fly. In the next inning, Lopez drove in J.J. Hardy with an RBI ground-out to bring the Brewers within one run.
Braden Looper gave up his second homer of the game to Ryan Howard in the fifth, giving the Phillies a 5-3 lead. The Brewers sixth inning was a perfect example of the "hit 'em were they ain't" philosophy." With two outs Jason Bourgeois walked and Felipe Lopez hit a ground rule double just inside the foul line. Craig Counsell followed with a blooper misplayed by Jimmy Rollins, which scored both Bourgeois and Lopez.
The games remained tied ad 5-5 through the eigth inning. Trevor Hoffman pitched a perfect inning which set the stage for the big boys in the Brewers line-up. Counsell led off with a single and Ryan Braun finally hit his 30th home run to get the Crew the W.