The ninth inning of today’s game was a good sign for the Brewers. But, other than that, it was yet another clinic on how not to play offense.
The Brewers lost to the Phillies today, 5-3. The Brewers’ offense showed a little bit of life in the ninth inning as the rallied against Phillies relievers Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Madson. But, a George Kottaras groundout to end the game continued the Brewers’ skid of four straight losses.
The Brewers couldn’t get anything going against Roy Halladay, who had a 6.41 ERA against the Brewers coming into today. He went eight innings while giving up one run on four hits. He walked a season-high three (yeah, that’s a season-high for him) while striking out nine. Shaun Marcum, on the other hand, went 6 2/3 innings while giving up five runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out two. But, the first inning was the inning that plagued Marcum the entire game, as he gave up a three-run shot to Ryan Howard.
Anyway, I said yesterday that I’m not one to go into depth talking about the Phillies, because I’ll eventually go on a rant about how much I hate them (yeah, it’s that bad). But, let me get onto another topic- the freaking St. Louis Cardinals. I’m watching the game right now, and the Braves had a two-run leaded going into the bottom of the ninth. But, Craig Kimbrel, who had been lights out all summer, chose the worst possible time to blow his first save in 37 innings. I guess nobody can help the Brewers right now (including themselves).
And another thing about the Cardinals- Chris Carpenter came out and said that he yelled profanity after striking out Nyjer Morgan two days ago. Morgan claimed that Carpenter had yelled something at him after striking him out before Morgan retaliated, but there was no evidence until today that Morgan was telling the truth. But, I kind of expected it. I’ve always respected Carpenter as a pitcher, but I’ve never liked his personality. But that’s not to say Morgan went a little far that night as well.
The Brewers will try and snap their skid tomorrow at 6:10 PM CT (on WMLW, not FSWI). The Brewers will send Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.47 ERA), a former Phillie, to the mound. The last time the Brewers won a game was when Wolf was pitching against the Cardinals, as he went eight innings while giving up just one run against them. Wolf is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in his career against his former team.
The Phillies will counter with the master of shutouts- Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47 ERA). Lee has a Major League leading six shutouts this season, and is coming off one against the Braves his last time out. But, he’s 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA against the Brewers in his career.