Brewers 7, Phillies 4
No one was happier to see Cliff Lee leave the game than
Milwaukee’s Corey Hart, and did he ever make the Philadelphia
Hart had struck out three times against Lee on Thursday night,
but he hit a grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning off
reliever Josh Lindblom and the Brewers beat the Phillies 7-4.
Lee was removed after an error with two outs in the eighth kept
the inning alive. Lindblom (2-3) entered the game and loaded the
bases before Hart hit a 2-2 pitch just over the wall in right to
snap Milwaukee’s three-game losing streak.
”It was a terrible night, now it’s turned into a great night,”
Hart said. ”Striking out has become part of my repertoire, but big
hits, you can’t beat it.”
With two outs in the eighth, Rickie Weeks was batting and
Philadelphia held a 4-3 lead, Lee’s 111th pitch was hit to Kevin
Frandsen at third, but he made a throwing error to keep the inning
Weeks reached second and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel
summoned Lindblom to face Ryan Braun, who had hit two homers off
Lee. Braun was intentionally walked and Aramis Ramirez walked to
load the bases.
Domonic Brown couldn’t make the leaping catch of Hart’s drive.
It was Milwaukee’s fourth home run of the game after Lee gave up
three solo shots but little else.
”He was great tonight,” Hart said of Lee. ”He, obviously,
left up a few balls for our guys to hit. I wasn’t one of the guys.
He was dominating me. I was happy for him to get out of there.
”Lindblom’s been tough, but after the rough night I had I was
excited that anybody but Cliff was out there,” he said.
Since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31,
Lindblom has given up six earned runs in five innings over seven
”I haven’t made pitches, I haven’t executed,” Lindblom said.
”There’s really no excuses other than the fact that you just got
to go out and make pitches.”
Lee said he understood why Manuel removed him.
”I felt good, but it wasn’t really debatable,” Lee said.
”Charlie came out there and said, `We’re going to go with a
”Obviously, if he asks me how I feel, what I think, I’m going
to tell him I want to keep pitching,” he said. ”It wasn’t really
up for debate. He kind of had his mind made up. And considering
Braun is 2 for 3 with two home runs, it actually made some
Livan Hernandez (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the
victory. Jim Henderson recorded the final two outs for his third
save in four chances, getting Erik Kratz to ground out with the
bases loaded to end the game.
”I hope it calms down a little bit,” Milwaukee manager Ron
Roenicke said of his bullpen’s inability to record an easy
Lee allowed two solo home runs by Braun and a solo homer by
Ramirez, but pitched 7 2-3 innings, giving up five hits without
walking a batter and striking out 12. He was in line for only his
third win in 22 starts until Hart’s late heroics.
The homers by Braun and Ramirez allowed the Brewers to open a
3-1 lead, but Philadelphia took the lead on Frandsen’s two-out
double off Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada in the fifth. The
right-hander recorded the first two outs of the inning and then
Ryan Howard singled to left, Brown walked and Laynce Nix singled
to load the bases. Frandsen, recalled from the minor leagues when
Placido Polanco went on the disabled list on July 27, hit a 3-2
pitch to the gap in left-center field, with all runners easily
scoring to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.
Estrada took 108 pitches to get through five innings, giving up
four runs, eight hits and three walks while striking out one.
Braun took early batting practice nearly four hours before the
game in an attempt to snap out of a 9-for-47 slump with no walks
and no home runs in his last 49 plate appearances. The NL MVP hit
an 0-2 pitch from Lee off the top of the wall in right-center for
his 30th homer that gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Ramirez followed with a homer to center, his 16th, to make it
Philadelphia pulled within 2-1 in the third when Jimmy Rollins
scored from third on a fielder’s choice.
Braun then hit his second homer of the game in the fourth on an
0-1 pitch, marking his fifth multihomer game this season.
”Their pitchers were able to keep the ball in the ball park and
we weren’t,” Lee said. ”That’s what it really came down to. Braun
hit two home runs off me and Ramirez hit one as well. We’ve got to
do a better job of keeping the ball in the ball park.”
Notes: Polanco, out with back inflammation, went 1 for 3 in his
first rehab game for Single-A Clearwater. . Thursday’s game was the
50th for Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis in his 50-game suspension for
using a performance enhancing substance. Galvis will be placed on
the 15-day DL on Friday for a lower back injury. . Braun joined
Prince Fielder as the only Brewers to have five seasons with at
least 30 homers. . Lee has given up 12 home runs in his last six