The Phils have gone over .500 for the second time this season, lifting their record to 12-11, after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee (13-9), 3-1. The Phils starter, Jamie Moyer, although getting a no decision, went 6 full innings and faced two further batters in the bottom of the 7th, giving up only one run on a two out single to Ryan Braun in the 3rd. The Phillies would tie the game in the 6th on a Jayson Werth hormer to center field, his fourth of the young season, off of Milwaukee starter, Jeff Suppan. The Phils then took the lead in the top of the 8th on a two-run double by Pat Burrell off of losing pitcher David Riske who had earlier replaced Suppan, who had pitched seven innings. The Phillies bullpen shut down Milwaukee, pitching four innings of shut out ball while giving up only one hit to the Brew Crew, with Brad Lidge pitching the ninth inning and recording his fifth save of the season. The winning pitcher for the Phils was Tom Gordon, who had relieved Moyer in the seventh, raising his record to 1-2, and the losing pitcher was David Riske, whose record is now 0-1.
The Phils will now go to Pittsburgh for a three game set against their cross-state rival, the Pittsburgh Pirates (9-12). The Phils starter for the first game of the series will be Adam Eaton, who is still looking for his first win (0-0, 4.74). His opponent will be Zach Duke, who is also looking for his first win of the season (0-1, 4.37). Game time is 7:05 pm ET. On the present road trip, the Phils have, so far, won 3 games and lost only 1.
If anything, this season is a bit better than the previous two seasons as the Phils haven’t gotten out the box finding themselves deep in a hole that they would have to spend most of the season digging themselves out of. Now if only Ryan Howard, who was sat down before the start of today’s game, will get himself out of his present batting funk, and Rollins, after he returns from the disable list (along with Victorino), continues what he was doing before he got injured in New York, this team would really be dangerous.