Having dropped the first two games of their four game set with the Phillies the Brewers looked to right the ship Wednesday night when the team’s most consistent starter, Kyle Lohse (9-3, 3.18 ERA), took on Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48 ERA).
Unfortunately for the 6th time in eight July games the Brewers scored 2 runs or fewer on route to a 4-1 loss to the Phillies.
With two outs in the first Chase Utley knocked a line-drive home run over the wall in right to give Philly a 1-0 lead. They scored in the first inning in all three games in the series so far.
Neither team threatened again until the bottom of the fifth. Logan Schafer led off with a walk for the Brewers and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lohse.
The Phillies threatened in the next frame. Cameron Rubb singled to left and moved to second on a sacrifice by Hernandez. Two batters later he came around to score on a Jimmy Rollins home run to give Philadelphia the 3-1 lead.
The Phillies added a fourth run in the top of the seventh. Marlon Bryd hit a one-out single, and Cody Asche followed with a single to move Byrd to second. He came around to score on a Cameron Rupp single to make it 4-1.
Rob Wooten came out to pitch the ninth for Milwaukee and worked a perfect inning.
Jonathan Pabelbon came on to work the save for the Phillies and pitched a perfect inning en route to his 22nd save.
Kyle Lohse threw eight innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and ended up taking the loss for Milwaukee. It was his fourth loss of the season.
Hernandez threw eight innings for the Phillies. He allowed a run on three hits and two walks while striking out three and picking up the win, his fourth.