Hey! Hey you! Yeah, I'm talking to you. I know you were watching that Eagles pre-season game instead of Phillies baseball this Sunday. Yeah, I caught you. But that's okay. You need your Chip Kelly and Mark Sanchez fix, don't you?
There was a baseball game on Sunday, too, as the Phillies had a getaway day in sunny Milwaukee. Without the hot-hitting Chase Utley in the starting lineup, Pete Mackanin had a bit of mixing and matching to do again, something he'll be doing as long as Utley is on the roster. Cesar Hernandez started at second, Freddy Galvis started at short, and Odubel Herrera moved down to the three-hole in the lineup.
The end result? A whole lot of nothing for the Phillies' offense, a series sweep, and a season series sweep for the Brewers, who finish the year 7-0 against the Fightins.
Taylor Jungmann played a large role in shutting down the Phillies on this hot afternoon. (We heard it was quite warm in Milwaukee as it was in the Delaware Valley, so we'll go with that.) Jungmann struck out the side twice in the first three innings, and was on his game all day long. Jungmann twisted his curveball for strikes, located his fastball well, and yes, struck out a whole bunch of guys. He lasted 6 1/3 innings, shutting the Phillies out while striking out nine and walking just two.
The Brewers led 2-0 in the bottom half of the 5th when the levee finally broke. Ryan Braun came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs against Aaron Harang, and made Harang pay. Harang left a pitch up in the zone, and Braun crushed it to left-center, making his 21st homer of the season a salami. The homer put the Brewers up 6-0, chiseling a few more digits into Harang's rising ERA.
Harang has now allowed four earned runs or more in 10 of his last 11 starts. He finished the day by allowing seven hits and six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. It's safe to say any trade value that he may have had months ago has disappeared, and it's borderline implausible to imagine Harang moving before August 31.
The Phillies' lone offense of the afternoon came with one out in the 9th, as Andres Blanco ripped a solo homerun to right-center off of Neal Cotts. Other than that, it was a mostly silent afternoon for the Phillies' bats. There was at the very least a little excitement following Blanco's homer, as the Phillies loaded the bases with two outs, forcing Francisco Rodriguez to enter. But Rodriguez got Cesar Hernandez to ground out to end the game.
After a three-game sweep of the Padres to begin this lengthy road trip, the Phillies end things by losing five out of the last six on the trip. They'll stop at home for a short two-game stand against the Blue Jays before embarking back on the road for a four-game series against the Marlins, returning after that for a seven-game homestand. The Phillies can only hope Maikel Franco is back Tuesday to try and give the offense a boost. Having that Utley guy back in there wouldn't hurt, either.