Freeze: Phillies 6, Brewers 5

Around 4.30 Eastern time Sunday afternoon, the collective mind of Philliedom united in one despairing thought: Oh no, not again. With two outs in the sixth inning, Joe Blanton and Clay Condrey had just pitched a 6-1 Phillies lead into a 6-5 nailbiter on a Mat Gamel three-run homer and a Ryan Braun RBI single, and the resilient Brewers had ten outs yet. The Braves were just finishing off yet another win over the Nationals; the prospect of a lead down to four games with seven remaining felt very real. 

But the much-maligned bullpen held: Sergio Escalona relieved Condrey to retire Prince Fielder on one pitch and escape the sixth, and Chad Durbin got the next five outs before running into eighth-inning trouble with a walk of Corey Hart. Ryan Madson came on for the four-out save, and Hart gave him one as a gift by getting picked off first base. Madson retired Braun to start the ninth, but Fielder followed with an opposite-field double. He moved to third on a groundout by pinch-hitter Felipe Lopez, bringing up Mike Cameron; Madson got ahead 0-2, seethed as umpire Dana DeMuth called one close pitch a ball... and finished it with a blazing fastball on the outside corner as Cameron's bat didn't move. Save, sigh of relief, magic number down to three.

Were the Phillies a bit more effective with runners in scoring position, the end might not have been so dramatic. The team stranded the bases loaded three times on the day, left 14 on in all, and went 3 for 14 in RISP situations. On the plus side, every starter had at least one hit, with Jimmy Rollins chipping in a leadoff homer and Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz each driving in two.

The win was the club's 48th on the road this season, tying a franchise record. They come home for four games with the Astros starting Monday, with Cole Hamels set for the start.   

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Join The Good Phight

You must be a member of The Good Phight to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Good Phight. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker