Vance Worley runs out of gas late in the seventh inning, allowing two runs to score, as the Phils drop one to the Brewers, 3-2.
The Brewers took the lead in the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Jonathan Lucroy hits an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Rickie Weeks, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base on Yuniesky Betancourt’s single, then went to third on Vance Worley’s wild pitch, giving the Brewers a 1-0 lead, while sending Betancourt, who had earlier singled, then stopped at second on Worley’s wild pitch, to move up to third base. The Phils tied it up at one-all in the sixth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his sixteenth home run of the season. Three batters later, with two men out, the Phils took the lead as Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his thirty-third home run of the year. The Brewers tied the game up at two-all in the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Nyjer Morgan hits an RBI double, scoring Corey Hart, who had earlier doubled. The Brewers then retook the lead as the next batter, Ryan Braun, hits an RBI single, scoring Morgan, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead. That would end up being the final score as John Axford collected his forty-second save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.
Vance Worley (11-2, 2.92) took the lost as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Michael Schwimer pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. David Herndon pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Yovani Gallardo (16-10, 3.66) got the win as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out twelve Phils. Francisco Rodriguez converted his fourteenth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. John Axford received his forty-second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two.
The Phils were held to six hits in the game, with Ryan Howard leading the team with two hits, a single and a home run, knocking in a run. Shane Victorino (Home Run, RBI), Hunter Pence (Single), Pete Orr (Single) and pinch hitter Ross Gload (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits.
The Phils (94-49, 1st East) will start a three-game set with the Astros (49-97, 5th Central) starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and will start at 8:05 pm EDT (7:05 pm CDT). The Phils will send to the mound Roy Oswalt (7-8, 3.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Braves on September 7, as he pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out seven, in the Phils’ 3-2 walk-off win. Roy will be out to even his record, while trying to pitch well in front of his former club. The Astros will counter with Brett Myers (4-13, 4.66), who is coming off a win against the Pirates on September 6, as he went seven and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on four hits, while striking out six, in the Astros’ 4-1 win. He will once again be trying to be a pest to his former team. The Phils will be trying to see if they can clinch a playoff spot tonight.