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Brewers 6, Phillies 7

Leading the majors in wins lost because your bullpen blew your lead?
Leading the majors in wins lost because your bullpen blew your lead?

Win: Joe Savery (1-2)
Loss: Francisco Rodriguez (2-5)

HR: Chase Utley (4), Ryan Howard (4), Carlos Gomez (6)

MVP: Carlos Gomez (+.395)
LVP: Francisco Rodriguez (-.968!!!!!)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph


K-Rod gave up four hits and three walks (seven consecutive baserunners) and the Phillies scored four in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Brewers relievers gave up six walks in the final three innings - three of them scored.

The first inning was highs and lows, as the Brewers hung two on Roy Halladay early but then Randy Wolf gave up back-to-back home runs to Chutley and Howard, making it even and leaving folks in the game thread to lament yet another Wolf start.

But Wolf settled in for six strong innings - those were the only runs he allowed, on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks.

Carlos Gomez gave him the win on a fourth-inning, three-run home run that became the difference in the game.

Frankly, it was kind of the Carlos Gomez show. He was responsible in some way for five of the six Brewers runs. He scored a run in the first when he put himself in scoring position with a stolen base. He did the exact same thing in the third and had the home run. He was charged with a caught stealing in the seventh that looked as though he was probably safe - on a pitch out.

Overall he was 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI and a walk.

Manny Parra came in and pitched 2/3 of the seventh inning and struggled mightily. He walked three and a run scored on a passed ball when George Kottaras lost a pitch, but John Axford came in and got the final out and then quickly notched three more in the eighth (on three straight groundouts to Izturis). The Brewers did not allow him much of a rest from high-stress, high leverage situations, but he seems to be handling it for now.