The Phillies offense continued to struggle against sinkerball pitchers, collecting only five hits off Braden Looper in a 3-1 loss. The Phillies left eight on base in the game, never hitting a stride until the ninth inning, a tad too late.
The lone run was a Jayson Werth home run with an out in the ninth. The Phils proceed with two more hits by Raul Ibanez and Matt Stairs, but Chris Coste struck out to end the game. Earlier the Phils couldn’t capitalize on chances, including a two-men-on, one-out opportunity in the first inning; that was erased by a Ryan Howard double play.
Pitching was much better, as Joe Blanton threw a solid six innings (3 ER, 8 H, BB, 5 K). He was done in by a two-run Mike Cameron double that gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead at the time. Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson combined in relief for three no-hit innings.