MVP: Kyle Lohse (+.270)
LVP: Jean Segura (-.043)
The Brewers put up a lot of runs? The starting pitcher doesn't allow many runs? Both of those happened in a Kyle Lohse start where the "Sunday lineup" is being used? Is this a dream? Apparently it wasn't today, as the Brewers did just that in a 9-1 blowout of the Phillies to record their first three-game win streak since their nine-game win streak back in April.
It looked like it was going to be one of those days in the top of the first inning. The Phillies started with back to back singles from Michael Young and Ben Revere. After Jimmy Rollins fouled out, Ryan Howard followed with a single, but was gunned down at the plate on a perfect throw from Norichika Aoki.
With the game still scoreless, the Brewers took advantage in the second inning. The first three runners reached base as Carlos Gomez reached on an error, Yuniesky Betancourt singled, and Martin Maldonado was hit by a pitch. Juan Francisco grounded out to first to score the first run of the game, then Scooter Gennett hit his first major-league triple to record his first two major-league RBI as well. He would then score on a squeeze bunt from Kyle Lohse to go up 4-0.
The Brewers offense wouldn't stop there as they kept adding on late. They scored two more in the sixth from a Carlos Gomez home run. They added on two more in the seventh from a RBI single from Jean Segura in the seventh. The last run was scored on an eighth inning solo home run from Martin Maldonado.
Kyle Lohse was just on top of his game today. He pitched a total of eight innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk with six strikeouts. After the first inning, he allowed a total of two more baserunners on a walk to Jonathan Pettibone and a home run to Humberto Quintero. At one point, he retired sixteen batters in a row. Jim Henderson followed Lohse and allowed a hit and nothing else to finish the game.
Could the Brewers be ready to put together a nice little run? The schedule sets up well to do that. They will head out for a nine-game road trip starting tomorrow. First up is Miami, where Yovani Gallardo will take on Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is at 6:10 pm.