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Brown’s Heroics Not Enough as Phils Fall to Milwaukee

The Phillies were coming off a loss for the first time all week Saturday night and looked to get back to .500 against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Kyle Kendrick, one of the more consistent starters in 2013 got the call for Philadelphia, opposed by the Milwaukee bullpen. Yes you read that right, the Brewers countered with their bullpen on this day.

The Phillies got off to a good start by jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by the surging Domonic Brown in the top of the second inning. It was his league leading 19th home run of the season.

The lead did not last long, however, as Kendrick allowed a solo shot to Jean Segura that tied things at one. The Brewers would take the lead in the bottom of the sixth, when after back to back singles from Ryan Braun & Aramis Ramirez, catcher Jonathan Lucroy doubled to left field.

Both runners scored, and Milwaukee led 3-1. Kendrick ended up going six innings and allowed eight hits while striking out six. His earned run average for the year is a very respectable 3.22.

The Brewers tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh, though in a rather unconventional way. Right fielder Norichika Aoki led off the inning with a triple. Michael Stutes then uncorked a wild pitch, and Aoki attempted to score. Catcher Erik Kratz made a great recovery to Stutes who tagged Aoki out to save a run.

Later in the inning, after a single by Segura, he managed to steal second. He advanced to third on another wild pitch from Stutes, and would score on the third wild pitch of the inning from the Phils right hander. Milwaukee led 4-1 heading to the eighth inning.

In the top of the eighth, Michael Young & Kevin Frandsen both singled to start the inning. Jimmy Rollins & Delmon Young then both struck out. The National League Player of the Month of May then stepped up in the person of Domonic Brown. He would double home both Young & Frandsen and cut the deficit to 4-3.

His three runs batted in on the night were not enough however, as the Phils wound up on the wrong end of the 4-3 final score. This marks the second time in back to back weekends that they’ve lose at least two games to the struggling Brewers.

Kendrick’s record dropped to 6-4 for the season, though the young right hander has been arguably the team’s most consistent pitcher all year.

Still, after an impressive five game winning streak pulled the Phils to .500 and second place in the National League East, they have lost two in a row to a bad team and are back under .500.

They have a chance at a series split tomorrow afternoon when youngster Jonathan Pettibone takes to the mound.

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