- Updated: April 8, 2014
The Philadelphia Phillies returned home to Citizens Bank Park Tuesday looking to build on a somewhat surprising 3-3 road trip. One that could have easily been a 5-1 road trip without several poor showings by the bullpen.
Cesar Hernandez got the start at second base today in place of Chase Utley, who was scratched with flu like symptoms. The team could have used his bat on this day.
The Philly faithful did not hide their feelings when it came to Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun, a convicted user of performance enhancing drugs. The power hitting right fielder was booed lustily throughout the game. Steroids aside, Braun would get the last laugh and the better of the Phillies on this day.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the third, Braun launched a three home run to left field off starter Kyle Kendrick. He took him deep again in the fourth for a solo shot.
Kendrick labored through five innings today, allowing nine hits and six runs, four of them earned. His defense made some errors behind him that allowed innings to continue and runs to score. This coming after Kendrick allowed only one run to the Rangers last Wednesday.
The Phillies banged out nine hits, to go along with six walks. They managed to get on base consistently once again, but only plated four runners. They went 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
The Phillie bullpen was a sore spot once again, unable to keep the game at a two run deficit. With the score now 7-4 Milwaukee, reliever Brad Lincoln served up a three run home run to, you guessed it, Braun. That broke the game wide open at 10-4. The Phillie relievers allowed six hits and three runs in three innings of work.
Braun finished the game going 3-5 with seven runs batted in to go with his three homers. He also made a great diving catch in the second to rob Carlos Ruiz of extra bases and prevent two runs from scoring.
The Phillies have now lost their last three home openers, two of which were started by Kendrick. They’re right back at it tomorrow night at the Bank when Roberto Hernandez takes to the hill. First pitch is slated for 7:05.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of WashingtonPost.com