Sunday afternoon the Phillies were looking to win their seventh game in a row and sweep the Milwaukee Brewers. But it didn’t happen. The Brewers had lost five games in a row including two to their division rivals St. Louis Cardinals, so they desperately needed a win. The Cards are six games back from the Brewers in the NL Central Division, but the Cards are surging after sweeping the Atlanta Braves and are hot on the Brewers’ trail.
So the Brewers were determined to win yesterday and they did. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo only allowed the Phillies three hits, which two came off of solo home runs by Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard, respectively in the sixth inning. Up until that point he had held them to just a single hit. On the other hand, Vance Worley gave up eight hits and three runs.
Worley went 6.2 innings and struck out seven. Fellow rookie Michael Schwimer took over for Worley in the seventh and managed to get Prince Fielder to strikeout. David Herndon pitched the eighth.
But the Phillies who were down 3-2 heading into the ninth, couldn’t muster up a rally to at least tie it. Jimmy Rollins pinched for the second game in a row, and sadly he struck out both times. But with Pete Orr and Michael Martinez both on base, pinch hitter John Bowker was given the chance to bring a run home. Obviously that didn’t happen and I must gripe because Bowker is turning out to be a complete bust. He’s been used as a pinch hitter in four games so far as a Phillie and has yet to log a hit. Not one of the Phillies better pick-up moves, that’s for sure.
Wilson Valdez sat out in Sunday’s game because he pulled a hamstring in Saturday’s game.
Valdez said he could play if needed, but he doesn’t want to blow out the hamstring and miss a significant period of time. Michael Martinez got the start at shortstop Sunday. Valdez said he has no plans to get a MRI. – Phillies.com
On Sunday evening, the Reading Phillies were eliminated in the Eastern League Eastern Division Championship series. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats won 4-2 and took Game Four to win the best-of-five. Box Score can be found here.
Tonight, the Phillies begin a 3-game series in Houston against the Astros. This will be former Astro Hunter Pence‘s first trip back to the stadium he used to call home. The Phillies will be versing two of their former pitchers, Brett Myers and J.A. Happ, while the Astros face their former teammate, Roy Oswalt.
Check out Monday’s game preview after the jump…