The Phillies, who were averaging just 3.4 runs per game coming into tonight’s contest, put up five runs on Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo–but lost the game 8-5. Domonic Brown launched two home runs, but was outdone by Jonathan Lucroy who hit two homers along with a double en route to a 5-5 night at the plate. Cole Hamels gave up seven runs (six earned), and took his ninth loss on the season.
DOWNTOWN DOM BROWN
How about Domonic Brown? He launched two home runs Friday night for a total of four RBI. His slash line is now .272/.306/.549 and he has fifteen home runs on the season. He is turning out to be the Phillies best offensive player this year, and it is a fantastic thing to see after all the undeserved bashing he got.
HAMELS TAKES ANOTHER LOSS
Cole Hamels had yet another tough outing. He surrendered six earned runs in just five innings of work. He allowed twelve hits and only struck out three. He raised his season ERA up to 4.86. It’s shaping up to be a tough year for Hamels, but he’s more mature than he was in 2009, so I think he will bounce back at some point.
THE UNSTOPPABLE LUCROY
Jonathan Lucroy, have yourself a night! It was hittin’ weather–as Charlie Manuel would say–as the Brewers catcher went 5-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI, and three runs scored. The Phillies simply did not have an answer for him. He hasn’t been a great hitter this year, so when he has a night like this, you know the Brewers will put up runs.