Narveson implodes in sixth as Brewers scuffle against Phils

There are a lot of reasons that I hate the Phillies. And when the Brewers can’t bring down the hammer on them, it’s pretty frustrating for me. The Phillies are the one team in the MLB that I truly hate.

The Brewers lost to the Phillies today, 7-2, in a game that appeared to be a pitchers’ duel until the sixth inning, when things fell apart in a hurry for the Brewers. But, before I get to that, let me give out some stats that are pretty embarrassing for the Brewers. The Brewers have had complete games thrown against them in both of the past two games, both four-hitters by Chris Carpenter and Cole Hamels. This is the first time the Brewers have had complete games thrown against them consecutively since the Astros did it to them in 1999. Over 10 years ago. And, with this loss, the Brewers have been held to two runs on eight hits over their past 18 innings- an embarrassing stat for a team that’s supposed to be one of the best offensively. And I know Hamels and Carpenter are two of the better pitchers in the game, but still, that stat is unacceptable.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when Yuniesky Betancourt hit a solo shot off Hamels. That gave Chris Narveson a much-needed lead, since he’d been lights out until the sixth, giving up just one hit in the first five. But, after recording the first two outs in the sixth, things just fell apart for Narvey. The next seven batters would reach against him, and score a total of six runs.

But, I can’t bring myself to blame Narveson for how that inning unfolded. And that’s because not all of the runs were completely his fault. Narveson allowed the game to get tied on a RBI double by Wilson Valdez, but, the next runs weren’t exactly his fault. He allowed a go-ahead two-RBI triple to Hunter Pence, which probably should have been caught by center fielder Carlos Gomez. But, Gomez misplayed it horribly, and let the ball get all the way to the wall. And, even if he didn’t catch it, he probably could have at least held Pence to a single, which might have changed the complexion of the inning. But, breaks just haven’t been going the Brewers’ way over the past few days.

Anyway, that’s really all I have to say about the game. I hate talking about the Phillies, and I know I’ll start ranting about them eventually if I keep going.

Here’s some good news for the Brewers- Rickie Weeks was activated off the DL earlier today, and he should be available to pinch-hit over the next few days. It’s still unknown when he’ll be able to get back on the field and into the starting lineup, but having him pinch-hit is better than nothing, I guess. By the way, the Minor League season is over, so Weeks can’t go down there to rehab.

The Brewers will try and even up the series tomorrow at 7:10 PM CT. They’ll send Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11 ERA) to the mound, who owns the lowest ERA in the Brewers’ rotation. Marcum is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies will counter with Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49 ERA), Marcum’s former teammate in Toronto. Normally, I’d be worried about facing Halladay, but his career stats against the Brewers- 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA- make me not so concerned. Halladay also had what was probably his worst start of the year against the Brewers earlier this year, when he went 6 1/3 innings while giving up six earned runs.

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