Since joining the Phillies’ rotation in late April, Jerad Eickhoff had been excellent. But even he was powerless to stop two of the worst “Phillie killers” the National League has to offer. Yasmani Grandal and Ryan Braun hit home runs, and combined with an offense that couldn’t get much going, the Phillies lost by a score of 6-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Grandal started things off with a three-run shot in the second inning (His 12th career homer against the Phillies), and Braun added a two-run blast in the third. (His 25th career homer against them.)
The Phillies had much less success against Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff, who may be developing into a Phillie killer in his own right. He’s now made two starts against the Phillies and only allowed one hit in both of them. The next run he surrenders to the Phillies will be his first. The Phillies finally got on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI single by Jean Segura in the eighth, but that was far too little, too late.
If the game wasn’t bad enough, the Phillies also had an injury scare when Bryce Harper appeared to injure his knee making a sliding catch. Thankfully, Harper appeared to be okay. He stayed in the game and went on to make another sliding catch.
A standing ovation for Bryce!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 15, 2019
He slides and makes a catch in the same spot he nearly got injured. pic.twitter.com/DGR0LKnq7p
Things won’t get much easier for the Phillies on Wednesday. Not only will their pitchers have to face Grandal and Braun again, the lineup will be going against another Phillie killer in starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez who has a career ERA of 2.95 against them.