Facing a pitcher who had started just one game in the last two years, the Phillies wasted a chance to beat up on a last-place club and fell back under .500 in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers.
The Phillies should've pounced on Milwaukee in the sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Kevin Frandsen and Jimmy Rollins gave the Phils men on second and third with no outs and the heart of the order coming up.
Then Delmon Young struck out, Domonic Brown hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in Frandsen being throw out at home and Mayberry grounded out to end the frame.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Brewers capitalized after putting their first two men on base. Following Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez's consecutive singles, Jonathan Lucroy doubled and Carlos Gomez singled, plating two runs and giving Milwaukee a 3-1 lead.
Brown provided the Phillies with all their offense. In the second, he clubbed his 19th Dom Bomb of the year. He leads the league in the category and trails only Chris Davis (20) in baseball. And in the eighth, he stroked a two-out, two-RBI double down the left-field line to bring the Phillies within a run.
Brown now has 11 homers and 22 RBIs in his last 15 games. The long ball was his fifth of the season off a lefty, and with a 1-for-2 showing against Gorzelanny, he's now batting .340 against southpaws this year.
In the leadoff spot for the third straight game, Michael Young went 3 for 4 — his second three-hit showing in three nights. Frandsen, spotting Ryan Howard at first against a left-hander, was 2 for 4 in the No. 2 hole, and Rollins also picked up two hits. But the Phillies couldn't capitalize, going just 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Kyle Kendrick turned in another quality start, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking one over six innings. Of his 99 pitches, 68 went for strikes. He took his fourth loss of the season.
Tomorrow afternoon, Jonathan Pettibone will take the hill hoping to salvage a series split. Former Phillie Kyle Lohse will oppose him.
Kratz could be hurt
Erik Kratz came up limping after he tried to beat out a ground ball to begin the ninth inning. Per CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, Kratz felt something pop in his left knee and Charlie Manuel said it didn't look good.