Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee bullpen out-pitched a pedestrian Roy Halladay and his so-called seventh-inning relief in dealing the Phillies back-to-back defeats and their first series loss of the season.
The Phils pounded out a double and bunt single before shutting it down over the final six frames. Halladay allowed 10 hits, battled into the seventh before getting the hook with his pitch count rising and two runners aboard. Those runners would score as David Herndon grooved a middle-in meatball for Casey McGehee to boom into the seats. Herndon allowed another hit before giving way to pinchable lefty Mike Zagurski, who surrendered a hit and a run charged to Herndon.
As much as I'd like to focus on Herndon, who's looking less and less like Major League material, there's no way to win without scoring some runs, and right now, the offense is just isn't cutting it. The frustrating part is there's no obvious fix as far as I can tell. Fortunately, the Phils have some opportunities to experiment in the 'pen. I don't see much point in staying with Herndon; I think we've seen what he's all about.
Toss this one out. Halladay didn't have it. Wolf pitched his game. The Brewers played great, making plays and staying patient. Salvage a win tomorrow with Cliff Lee set to go.