The Phillies lost again because of spotty defense and poor late-inning relief.
The defeat — 9-4 to the Brewers (6-2) on Wednesday night — is the Phils’ (3-5) third in a row.
It’s early, but the Phillies have been glaringly bad in the field and bullpen.
It did them in once again Wednesday night.
What we liked
• The Phils are hitting. They’ve had seven or more hits in every game thus far and are scoring runs at a solid clip. Sure, they’ve left some on base, but you can’t knock in every runner. For the most part, the Phillies’ bats have been a bright spot.
• Ryne Sandberg made an interesting move by going to lefty Jake Diekman in the seventh inning to face four right-handed hitters: Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis. Diekman allowed a hit to Ramirez and struck out the side. The left-hander would be a huge plus if he can pitch in all situations against both righties and lefties.
• Ben Revere made two quality plays in the field. One was a diving grab and the other a running, over-the-head catch going back toward the fence. Revere will pull off the spectacular catches, but he needs to improve on running better routes and making routine plays.
What we disliked
• Defense, defense, defense. The Phils made two more errors in the loss. Ryan Howard committed one of them and it came in the eighth inning and snapped a 4-4 tie by bringing home Milwaukee's go-ahead run.
• More defense: The Phillies now have an NL-worst nine errors and an MLB-worst 10 unearned runs allowed. Defense is critical.
• Leadoff walks in the late innings will kill you, and it killed the Phils Wednesday night. Antonio Bastardo walked Mark Reynolds to start the eighth inning and the Brewers went on to score three runs in the frame to take a 7-4 advantage.
In the series finale, Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) takes the ball for the Phillies and opposes Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada (0-0, 1.59).