Unstoppable Phillies make it Seven Consecutive Wins, Sweep Brewers 8-3
The Phillies beat the Brewers 8-3 on Thursday for their 7th straight win and second consecutive series sweep.
Phillies (28-29) Beat Brewers (33-26)
- Winning Pitcher: Seranthony Dominguez (3-1, 1.66)
- Losing Pitcher: Corbin Burnes (3-4, 2.48)
- Save: n/a
Yes, you read that correctly, the Phillies have won 7 straight games for the first time since August 2021 and with the win earned their first sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers since 2014. I keep coming back to this, but what the hell was Joe Girardi doing to the players in this clubhouse? My only guess is verbally abusing the bullpen and putting icy-hot in their jock straps.
Seriously, this team had a completely different air of confidence about them. Of course, winning baseball games can make any manager look good, but Rob Thomson is 6-0 since taking over for Girardi and I don’t think it’s an accident that this team looks loose and freer at the plate.
The Phillies used small ball early in the game, as the first three runs were scored on a fielders choice, a sac-fly, and an odd check swing by Didi Gregorius that found its way down the left-field line in the 5th inning and turned out to be the winning run.
Once the Phillies took the 3-1 lead, the big bats awakened as Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and Odubel Herrera each hit a home run extending the lead and putting the game out of reach at 8-2. With the power output, the Phils now have the most HRs in the National League this month. After predictably struggling in April and March, Kyle Schwarber has been heating up in June
Didi Gregorius had himself a game going 3-5 with a single, double, and triple, just narrowly missing becoming the first Phillie since David Bell in 2004 to hit for the cycle.
This game was an absolute slog, as both teams combined to throw 400 pitches. For reference, the MLB average sits somewhere around the 290 mark. Neither starting pitcher was especially sharp today as both struggled to find the tight strike zone being called by the home plate umpire. 2021 NL Cy Young award winner Corbin Burnes was forced to throw a season-high 113 pitches and neither he nor Zach Eflin was able to complete more than 4.1 innings.
Willy Adames hit a solo home run in the first inning to put the Brewers up early. Otherwise, Zach Eflin was effective, if not efficient, allowing only three hits the rest of the way. Eflin did walk three hitters for the first time this season, which was the only reason this struggling Milwaukee club appeared to be staying with the red hot Phillies.
The Phillies will look to make it eight wins a row as they return home on Friday night to open up a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Willy Adames takes Eflin deep to centerfield in the first inning giving the Brewers an early lead.
Bryson Stott manages to put the ball in play with the bases loaded, driving home Nick Castellanos from third and tying the game up at one.
Zach Eflin leaves the mound and bare-hands a ground ball, making a fantastic defensive play to get the runner at first base.
JT Realmuto with the sac-fly and the only run the Phils are able to score after having the bases loaded with no outs.
Didi Gregorius attempts to check his swing by instead ends up lining an RBI double down the left-field line.
Connor Brogdon gives up a solo shot on the first pitch of the 6th inning.
Bryce Harper smashes a pitch from Brad Boxberger 425 feet off the deep centerfield ad board for his 15th home run of the season.
Kyle Schwarber takes Trevor Kelley deep in the 8th inning giving the Phils a few valuable insurance runs.
Odubel Herrera tacks on to the Phils lead with a two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning.
The Phillies return home on Friday as they open up a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park.
Kyle Gibson (3-2, 4.40) will toe the rubber facing off against Zac Gallen (4-1, 2.40), with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
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