Leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Phillies can blame sloppy defensive and the total lack of late-inning relief for their fourth loss in five tries, falling to the Brewers 7-5 on a Ryan Braun walk-off homer. They seek a key split in the final act of their 10-game road trip tonight.Joe Blanton (11-7, 3.82), to the mound hoping to find one. Dave Bush (5-8, 6.22), who took a no-hitter into the eighth the last time he faced the Phillies, counters for Milwaukee.
Readers ready to push panic button? After the game, readers wondered if another loss would send fans over the edge, while others felt optimistic the club would regain its equilibrium quickly.
"So the lead is five games. I understand the odds of blowing it are still very slim, but at what point does the lead become small enough that the subject of blowing it can be raised on Beerleaguer without immediately being met with snarky ripostes? I'd say one more Phillies loss and Braves win, and we're there." bay_area_phan
"I am not
usually accused of being a 'beacon of optimism' on here, but the Phils
are going to face a stiff tomorrow in Bush and three marginal starters
in the Astros series. They are going to at least split the next four games
and the panic levels will subside a bit" - MG
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