Who would have thought this team would win games 6 in a row under Rob Thomson and sweep two series? If you say you did, you are a liar. At the end of Wednesday’s game, the Phillies beat up the Brew Crew. The Philadelphia Phillies outscored the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 in the series. All this with a new skipper and after sweeping the struggling Los Angeles Angels. The question was asked. Is this foul’s gold? Can they do it against a good team? The Brewers were 33-23 sitting at the top of the National League Central coming into the series. The answer is, YES!
Late Inning Heroics
A pitcher’s duel was what we saw on Tuesday night. It was 2-1 Brewers all the way to the ninth inning. One thing a team needs to be good is production up and down the lineup. That is exactly what the Phillies got. Alec Bohm rocks a solo home run to tie the game at 2 each. Schwarber flies out and then Matt Vierling rejoins the team. He does a Bohm impression and jacks his own homer making it a 3-2 Phillies lead. What makes it impressive is who it was against. Josh Hader is one of the best closers in the league. He was one close away from setting the MLB season record. The young Phillies ruined it for him and Milwaulkee. After some scary moments from Corey Knebel, the Phillies win game one.
An Offensive Onslaught
Aaron Nola has pitched well for the Phillies this season. The problem is when he pitched the bats became nonexistent. That would all change. The Phillies put up 10 on Brewers pitching that Wednesday. Aaron Nola pitched 8 crisp innings only allowing 4 runs, striking out 6 without giving up one run or even a walk. Hard to narrow down a star in this game.
From the plate, Stott had 3 runs, 4 hits, and 2 RBIs and Schwarber matched his 4 hits, with 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. The other 6 RBIs came from Hoskins (2), Harper (3), and Herrera (1). The Phillies win the series and look at a daunting task Thursday with Corbin Burnes on the mound.
Winning Is Not Always Pretty
This seemed like an uphill battle for the Phightins this afternoon. Corbin Burnes does not give up many hits let alone runs. It was not pretty or quick for Burnes. He only went 4.1 innings allowing 3 hits, dealing out 8 strikeouts, and only allowing 1 run in the process. This allowed the Phillies to get to the Bullpen much sooner than the Brewers would normally like.
Zach Eflin wasn’t any better. He struggled and only went 4 innings allowing 4 hits, 3 walks, and shelling 2 batters. Luckily it was only 1 earned run for Eflin. The bullpen only allowed 2 runs in the game. These were the only 2 bullpen-earned runs this entire series. Three homers in this game came from Harper, Schwarber, and Herrera. Didi just returned to the team and was a home run away from the cycle. The Phillies win and get the sweep. Simply put, the Phillies beat up the Brew Crew.
History Being Made
Rob Thomson is the first Phillies manager to win his first five games since 1915 when Pat Moran won his first eight. Thomson is the first MLB manager to win his first five games as manager since Jim Leyland for the Detroit Tigers in 2006. A little food for thought. The Arizona Diamondbacks come to Citizens Bank Park Friday for a weekend series. Let us see if they can keep their foot on the pedal and beat up a struggling team.
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