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Phils Beat Brewers For Fifth Straight Win

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Ryan Howard’s first inning sac fly started the scoring for the Phils. (Photo: AP)

It’s June 6, and the Phillies are finally over .500.

Soak that in for a little while. It’s the first time the Phils are above water this season, and it took five straight wins to get there. It feels good. A win streak like this is exactly what this teams needs, and they continued to roll tonight, knocking off the Brewers 5-1.

They had it all working, getting runs early and leaning on another positive start from Tyler Cloyd.


– Charlie Manuel raised some eyebrows when he tabbed Michael Young to be the leadoff man. The adjustment, as puzzling as it seemed to some people before the game, wouldn’t slow down a team that had scored at least six runs in their last four games, and at least five in five of their last six before tonight. Now you can make it six of their last seven.

– The bats got off to a fast start, scoring two in the first, one in the second and one in the third. Their run in the third was set up by Domonic Brown, who has decided he is now a premiere base stealer on top of his superhuman power. Brown stole both second and third in the inning, before scoring on a ground ball. He now has five steals this season, all of them coming after May 18.

John Mayberry and Delmon Young are having themselves a week. After his late-inning heroics on Tuesday, Mayberry went 1-for-4 and scored a run yesterday. Tonight, he’d be in the mix once again, scoring a run in the first and driving in another one in the second. As for Young, he doubled in a run and scored a run in Tuesday’s win. His fifth inning home run tonight would make it 5-0 Phils. The two hitters would combine to go 5-for-8.


– As a pitcher it’s always tough to face a team twice in a week. They’ve often got a good read on you, and that can spell disaster. For Cloyd, however, the familiarity was hardly an issue. In fact, he seems to have the Brewers’ number. Cloyd cruised through the game, hardly finding himself in trouble at all.

I’m not quite sure how Cloyd keeps doing this. After tonight’s start he’s now gone at least six innings allowing two runs or fewer in four of his five starts. He’d manage 6.2 scoreless innings tonight. But he walked five and struck out just two. It’s really impeccable that he didn’t allow a single run. The key for Cloyd was limiting the hits. The Brewers only had four against him. It’s tough to score runs when you don’t hit. The Brew Crew have now manged just two runs in 13.2 innings against Cloyd. Like Bud Selig used to, Tyler Cloyd owns the Brewers.


The MLB first-year player draft was tonight. With the sixteenth pick in the first round, the Phillies selected J.P. Crawford, a shortstop out of Lakewood High School in California. He’s a raw player with a projected high ceiling (surprise, surprise!). Interesting note on Crawford: He is the cousin of Carl Crawford.

– I don’t want to jinx this thing, but Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45) is on the mound for the Phils against the Brewers tomorrow night as the Phils try to keep the streak alive. Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67) goes for the Brew Crew.



  1. George

    June 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I have really mixed feelings about D. Young’s hitting these past couple of games. On the one hand, the team needs a hot bat. On the other hand, the Phils will need to drop Young before his hitting reverts to what it normally has been and he drops more fly balls. I fear they won’t do that with his recent at bats.

    • G7

      June 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      D Young has 20+ homer power..should they dismiss that?

      • schmenkman

        June 7, 2013 at 12:32 am

        Yes. Young is no better a hitter than Mayberry. Even if you go back to 2010 and include Young’s one good year, Mayberry is at least as good or better. If you only look at 2011-2013, Mayberry is better by a good margin.

        If you want Mayberry in center, then bring up Ruf or J. Mitchell, and move Brown to right.

      • Devin

        June 7, 2013 at 12:40 am

        Ruf and J Mitchell are both having terrible seasons at AAA right now… I don’t like Young either, but a guy hitting .239 at AAA isn’t a better option.

      • schmenkman

        June 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

        Mitchell: .239, but .352 OBP and .779 OPS, with better defense and base running than Young.

        In any case, I’d prefer Revere in center and use Mayberry/Nix in right.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 7, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Winner winner

    Chicken dinner

    Chuck A and Ken you are getting me some (lots) beers for the parade in November.

    Insert the Monkees

    Im a believer!

    • Ken Bland

      June 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Not only did the Monkees record I’m a Believer, they produced Daydream Believer. I guess that’s like the Chi Lites recording Coldest Days of My Life, and Hot on a Thing Called Love, huh?

      Anyway, I looked at 1 of the 43,765 ways to assess things minutarily ago, and not that one’s more important than the other necessarily, but the Phils face the Braves 6 times in August, 7 in September, inclduding the last 4. Shame Brandon Beachy did not miss THAT part of the season.

      Wild card’s looking a lot better, too. I wonder how Pittsburgh will hold up this time.

      Rock on. Or should I say parade on..

  3. bacardipr

    June 7, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Whats up with Nix he sorta of fell off the planet and to some extent Frandsen as well.

  4. Chuck A.

    June 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Delmon is good at mashing baseballs…….That’s about it.

  5. Lefty

    June 7, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Dodgers beat the Braves. We are back to 6.5 games out. That’s the exact same number as back on April 16th when the Braves got off too a 12-1 start.

    They are just not that good a team, if in seven weeks they haven’t been able to gain a single game on us. Think about it, for all our problems, anemic offense at times, injuries, terrible field play, they haven’t played. Their off season moves were way over rated, and their manager stinks, and because of him their bullpen is struggling with injuries. The Braves could just as easily end up in third place as in first. The Gnats show no signs of life either. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know
    this thing is far from over!

    • Lefty

      June 7, 2013 at 6:41 am

      “They haven’t played”- should say “They haven’t played any better than we have”

    • Brooks

      June 7, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Eh – dunno about that Lefty.

      The Gnats are playing way below expectations, if/when Worth comes back the offense should get a boost. Their makeup just doesn’t seem like its capable of maintaining this sub par performance for too much longer. Rosters heal and we will see. Same can be said about the Braves.. that bullpen will stand the test of a season.

      Still, the big man looks to be swinging the bat better and running better. How soon before the power surge?

      • Lefty

        June 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

        That’s right, the big man, then Utley comes back, Halladay maybe comes back. For every injury they’ve got, we’ve got one too.

  6. hogey's role

    June 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Why aren’t we playing Hernandez at second, the kid has been profiled as the second baseman of the future, why not let him play and see if he can handle it, we know that galvis is a defensive wizard and his bat is coming around but it’s not great why not let Hernandez play while he’s here…

    This same thing happened with ruf last year called him up in September and only played him ten times, instead of sticking him out there and setting what we have…

  7. Bob in Bucks

    June 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Let’s try and stay calm guys. The Phils have had and are enjoying a ridiculously easy schedule so far. This will flip in the latter part of June. Phils still have to play the Braves 16 more times but the Marlins only 6 more times. I am afraid that when they return to CBP it will be the peak of the season.

    • Lefty

      June 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

      I see those 16 games with the Braves as the main reason they have a legit chance to catch up. It’s an incredible opportunity. It would be terrible if they only played them 6 more times.

      Besides the recent sweep, is our record v Miami, or any other bad team for that matter, all that good anyway? We’ve played well this year against some of the tougher opponents. And had an over .500 west coast road trip. I’m calm Bob, but win or lose, I’m all in.

  8. Art

    June 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Superhuman power? That made me laugh, considering many of Brown’s home runs have barely made it out of our little band box. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good to see him turning things around, I just thought that line was funny.

    • schmenkman

      June 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

      “our little bandbox” — it’s true, many of Brown’s home runs have been line drives that just cleared. But as I mentioned the other day, while CBP may be small, it’s about as neutral as any park in baseball for home runs overall.

      It helps lefties, but hurts righties. And it doesn’t help all lefites — it seems to have helped Brown (21 home, 9 away), but not Howard (155 home, 152 away).

      It’s been neutral when the Phils had bad pitching, and when they’ve had great pitching. It’s been neutral whether they’ve had great hitting, or mediocre hitting. Overall, in 2008-2012, there were 2.17 home runs per game by both teams at CBP, and 2.10 home runs per game by both teams in the Phillies’ road games in the other parks, against the same teams. That’s less than a 4% difference, and makes CBP the park that’s 3rd closest to perfectly neutral in all MLB.

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