Phillies 4, Brewers 3
Cliff Lee was walking toward the plate when he got called back
to the dugout for a pinch-hitter. His day was over. His teammates
were just getting started.
Shane Victorino hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning,
Placido Polanco had a three-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies
beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
One night after beating Roy Halladay, the Brewers took a 3-0
lead into the sixth against Lee and were trying to complete their
first ever sweep in Philadelphia.
But Polanco connected off starter Chris Narveson to tie it in
the sixth. Victorino then hit a long drive to deep right-center off
Brandon Kintzler (1-1) to put the Phillies up 4-3.
”That was huge,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said.
”Games like this keep you from going in a tailspin”
Ryan Madson (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and
Jose Contreras finished for his fourth save in four tries.
Second baseman Wilson Valdez helped Contreras by making an
outstanding over-the-shoulder catch on a shallow looper to right by
Carlos Gomez with one out in the ninth. Contreras then struck out
Ryan Braun swinging on a 95 mph fastball to end it.
Prince Fielder had three hits and two RBIs and Jonathan Lucroy
hit a solo homer for the Brewers, who tagged Lee for three runs –
two earned – and eight hits in six innings. Lee had just one
strikeout coming off a 12-strikeout shutout at Washington last
”I didn’t have my best stuff,” Lee said. ”I had to battle.
They have a very good offense. I would’ve liked to have been more
efficient and done a better job. I felt fine, but I wasn’t as sharp
as I’d liked to be. A day you feel you don’t have your best stuff,
to be able to take the team to the sixth, seventh and have a chance
to win, that’s all you can ask for.”
Narveson didn’t allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr. lined a
double to left with two outs in the fifth. The lefty took a
one-hitter into the sixth before the Phillies rallied. He left
after giving up three runs and four hits in six innings.
The Brewers won the series opener 6-3 in 12 innings, despite a
blown save in the ninth by closer John Axford. They battered
Halladay in a 9-0 win Wednesday night, becoming the first team to
beat the NL East-leading Phillies in a series this season.
Valdez got the Phillies started with a walk in the sixth. One
out later, Victorino singled through the second-base hole on a
perfectly executed hit-and-run. That brought up Polanco, who fell
behind 0-2 before launching a drive a couple rows deep into the
left-field seats to tie it 3-3. The runs snapped a 17-inning
scoreless streak for the Phillies.
”Polanco is a great hitter,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke
said. ”Every year we try to figure out how to get him out.”
The Brewers became the first team to score a first-inning run
against Philadelphia this season on Fielder’s RBI infield single.
Gomez hit a one-out single, advanced to third on Braun’s single and
scored on Fielder’s grounder up the middle that Valdez knocked
Milwaukee added an unearned run in a goofy third inning. Braun
hit a two-out popup down the right-field line that Valdez dropped.
Fielder then ripped a double to left-center, and Braun ran right
through third-base coach Ed Sedar’s stop sign and slid safely under
a throw that beat him for a 2-0 lead.
Casey McGehee followed with a single to right but got caught
rounding the bag to end the inning. Rickie Weeks also made a
blunder that inning when he led off with a grounder down the
first-base line that was a few feet foul off the bat, so he didn’t
run. The ball hit a cutout, rolled fair and Ryan Howard picked it
up to record the out.
Lucroy lined a 1-1 cutter into the seats in left to make it 3-0
in the fourth.
Notes: Braun has reached safely in all 18 games this season. The
team record to start a season is 23 by Hall of Famer Robin Yount in
1983. … A crowd of 45,743 was the 147th straight sellout at
Citizens Bank Park, including postseason. … The Brewers are 15-32
in Philadelphia. … Former Phillies pitcher Art Mahaffey threw out
the first pitch on the 50th anniversary of his club-record,
17-strikeout performance against the Chicago Cubs on April 23,
1961. … Polanco is 10 for 21 with runners in scoring