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Phillies fall short in second-half opener

John Kruk said it best during the broadcast. The differences between the last-place Phillies and the first-place Brewers were glaring in the second-half opener in Milwaukee.

Things looked good out the jump for the Phils after their first four hitters reached base. The troubles that plagued them through the first 87 games resurged, however, and they only managed to squeeze out two runs.

Still, they gave Nick Pivetta an early lead and he followed that up by striking out the side in the bottom half of the first.

Just as the Phils did in the first inning, the Brewers got four guys on base in the second. Unlike the Phillies, the Brewers were able to capitalize. They hit up Pivetta for eight runs, including a Ryan Braun grand slam.

Odubel Herrera hit two-run homer to close the lead to three runs in sixth but the Phils fell short 9-6. Maikel Franco had a nice night, going 4-5 with two RBIs.  Aaron Altherr exited the game after doubling in the fifth inning with a mild right hamstring strain. Let’s hope it’s not too serious as Altherr has arguably been the Phils’ best hitter this season.

Back at it again tomorrow with Aaron Nola on the mound.

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