Final Score: Phillies 12, Brewers 0
The Phillies didn’t ruin another holiday.
The offense scored 11 runs against one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, ace Zack Wheeler outdueled fellow Cy Young contender Brandon Woodruff and the Phillies picked up a half game over the idle Braves on Monday against the Brewers. Brad Miller added a 12th Phillies run with a home run off of Brewers catcher Luke Maile.
The 12-run Labor Day shellacking was a fitting backdrop for holiday celebrations all around the Delaware Valley. Late night amateur firework displays are no longer necessary.
Bryce Harper opened the scoring with a towering two-run shot to right-center field off Woodruff. It was his 28th home run of the season. Harper said after Sunday’s game that he wasn’t happy with the way he played during the Marlins series. Harper has to be happy with that swing.
Freddy Galvis added on in the second with a solo home run to right. Galvis saw nine pitches in the at-bat, fighting off three straight foul balls in the shade while Woodruff was in the sun.
Brad Miller got in on the fun with a second-deck shot to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the fourth. He hit his second home run of the game in the ninth, his third multi home run game of 2021.
Wheeler shoved through six innings against a good Brewers lineup. The Phillies are consciously limiting Wheeler’s workload in September, so they’ll try to avoid a triple-digit pitch count. That’s why Wheeler was limited to six innings and 99 pitches.
The Phillies had a golden opportunity to put the game out of reach with the bases loaded, nobody out and Harper and Realmuto due to hit in the seventh. Harper struck out looking and Realmuto grounded into a double play against Brent Suter.
None of that seemed to matter an inning later because the Phillies put the game out of reach in the eighth. The Phillies sent 11 men to the plate in the eighth and scored seven runs. McCutchen began the inning with a solo home run. Jean Segura hit his first career grand slam against his former team. All of this came with no outs.
Matt Moore threw two shutout innings in relief of Neris to wrap up the victory.
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance
Zack Wheeler: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 99 pitches
Wheeler’s late-season Cy Young push continued on Monday. For the sixth time in 2021, Wheeler struck out nine batters and walked none in a start. He’s the only Phillies pitcher to ever do that six times in one season.
Brandon Woodruff: 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 3 HRs, 101 pitches
Woodruff has been nasty all season, but he didn’t have his best stuff on Monday. The Phillies seem to be Woodruff’s kryptonite. He’s given up four home runs against the Phillies this season. No other team in baseball has hit four home runs off Woodruff in 2021.
Phillies Nugget Of The Game
Héctor Neris earned his 500th strikeout against Brewers center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Ticket IQ Next Game
- Tuesday, Sept. 7 vs. Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field
- 7:40 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC Sport Philadelphia
- Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP
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