Losing Pitcher: Wily Peralta
Winning Pitcher: Kyle Kendrick
The game started out much like you'd expect a game to start if you were only looking at the Brewers July record. Wily Peralta got lead-off batter Ben Revere to sharply ground a ball to Jean Segura. He kind of did and ole move and the ball trickled into left allowing Revere to reach base. He'd then take second base on a wild pitch. The next batter grounded out allowing Revere to advance to third. A sac-fly would allow him to score. Peralta got out of the inning with a strikeout to the next batter, but the Phillies were generously gifted a 1-0 lead in the first.
The early lead dissipated as quickly as it appeared. After Carlos Gomez grounded out, Scooter Gennett sent a solo shot to right field tying the game. Jonathan Lucroy singled and then both Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis drew walks to load the bases for Lyle Overbay who responded by hitting his 5th career grand slam! Going into the second inning the Brewers found themselves with a 5-1 lead.
A sharp grounder to deep shortstop and a weird grounder to third that ricocheted off third and a walk. That's how the first three Phillies batters reached in the second. Koyie Hill grounded to the right side of the infield and it looked like it was going to scoot through but Gennett made a diving grab to stop it. He couldn't get the out, but he likely stopped the Phillies from scoring more than the one run. The pitcher hit a high chopper back to Peralta who was able to get the force out at home. Ben Revere hit a ground rule double to cut the Brewers lead to 5-4. The nightmare did not end there. Jimmy Rollins drew a walk to re-load the bases. Chase Utley gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead with another grounder that found a hole. Peralta got out of the inning without further damage but his night ended there.
The problems continued in the third inning as the Phillies took a 7-5 lead on a solo home run from Domonic Brown. The inning outside of that HR was actually pretty smooth. The fourth inning was Peralta's first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
Peralta was removed from the game in the fifth inning with recording just 1 out after he walked Ryan Howard and gave up a double to Cody Asche. It was the first time a Brewers starter failed to go 5 innings unrelated to an injury. Tom Gorzelanny came into the game, but with runners at second and third, a Dom Brown base hit resulted in 2 more runs scoring.
Brandon Kintzler pitched a clean 1-2-3 sixth inning, highlighted by another great diving stop by Scooter Gennett who was able to get the out this time.
You'll have noticed I haven't written anything about the Brewers offense in a while. Well, it's because they didn't do anything...until the sixth inning that is. Logan Schafer reached on a liner to right and Mark Reynolds brought them both home with his first home run in well over a month bringing the Brewers withing 2 runs. The Brewers made some more noise in the inning, but it was all for naught. Scooter Gennett blooped a single into shallow center just out of the reach of Jimmy Rollins. Then Lucroy was able to line a double just off the right fielder's glove. With runners at second and third Ramirez softly grounded out.
With the Brewers unable to score in the seventh, Wang did pitch the eighth inning. And you what? The kid did just fine. He retired the Phillies in order, including 1 strikeout.
The Brewers made more noise in the eighth inning. Rickie Weeks pinch hit for Logan Schafer and grounded out. Jeff Bianchi grounded on to the pitcher, but it kicked off his leg and Bianchi reached base. Gomez then bunted for a hit. Gennett lined out to left and then Lucroy ended the threat with a slow roller to SS.
I was hoping Wang would pitch a second inning, but instead it was Francisco Rodriguez for the ninth. He faced one over the minimum and gave the Brewers a chance to come back just down by 2 runs.
Unfortunately the Brewers were no match for Jonathan Papelbon who retired the side in order.
The Brewers look to avoid the series loss tomorrow in game 3 of this 4 game battle. Kyle Lohse takes on Roberto Hernandez. Game time is 7:10 pm CT.