The Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies kicked off the first game of a 4-game set in Philadelphia this evening. Adrian Houser took the mound for the Brewers. Vince Velasquez toed the rubber for the Phillies.
The Brewers struck first in the top of the first. In Lorenzo Cain’s first at-bat since coming off the injured list, the Gold Glover launched a solo shot well into the upper levels of Citizen’s Park. The Brewers were up 1-0, but that lead would not stand for long.
The Brewers quickly relinquished the lead. Brad Miller stroked a single to center. J.T. Realamuto followed by crushing a 2-run homer into the left field seats, and Milwaukee was down 2-1.
Philadelphia added on in the bottom of the second. Odubel Herrera reached on an error by Luis Urias. He would later score on a triple by Roman Quinn. Quinn scored when Vince Velasquez grounded out, and it was 4-1.
The question was, would the Brewers come back. There were points in this game where it felt like they would. The top of the eighth brought hope alive. Kolten Wong and Lorenzo Cain walked back-to-back to get the inning started. Christian Yelich loaded the bases with a single. Wong came into score on a Travis Shaw sacrifice fly, and LoCain scored on a fielder’s choice by Avisail Garcia that eliminated Yelich from the base paths. The rally would end, however, when Garcia was picked off to end the inning.
Hope continued into the top of the ninth. Daniel Vogelbach doubled to lead things off and was removed for pinch runner, Pablo Reyes. The next two hitters would strike out, but Billy McKinney worked a walk. Kolten Wong loaded the bases with an infield single. With the bases loaded, Lorenzo Cain came to bat. He fell behind in the count, but he did battle, fouling off pitches. Unfortunately Phillies reliever, Hector Neris, got one by LoCain, and he went down swinging as did the Brew Crew, 4-3.
These two teams go at it agains tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 CT. Eric Lauer takes the mound for Milwaukee, and Aaron Nola goes for Philadelphia. The game can be heard on WTMJ 620 and the Brewers Radio Network. It can be seen on Bally Sports Wisconsin.