By: Matthew Mack
The Philadelphia Phillies traveled to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for a three game series.
On Labor Day afternoon, The Phillies’ bats were cooking!! Five Phillies players hit six home runs in the game. Included was Jean Segura’s first grand slam of his career. Bryce Harper and two other Phils slammed one out the yard in the trouncing of the Brewers. Zack Wheeler pitched six innings with nine strikeouts in the game and helped give the Phillies the shutout win 12-0.
Tuesday night, the Brewers returned the favor as Aaron Nola struggled in his start and the Phillies bullpen was also of no help. They gave up seven runs. The bats of the Phillies were also cold as they could only muster five hits all game. The Brewers did what they wanted as they shut out the Phillies 10-0.
In the last game of the series, Harper started the game with a solo home run in the first to give the Phillies the lead. On the other side of the inning, catcher Omar Navarez knocked in a run and Brewers big bat Daniel Vogelbach walked in a run to take the lead in the inning. Things were quiet until Eduardo Escobar homered to take the lead for Milwaukee. The Phils had an opportunity to win the game late but that was not to be as they lose this one four-to-three.
The Phillies closed the road trip with a five-and-four record. As they go back home, the Colorado Rockies will be coming to Philly for a four game series. The Rockies are an excellent team at home. Just not on the road. Try the second-worst record on the road in all of baseball. The Phillies are running out of time if they really are pursuing the postseason. They are two and a half games out of first place in the division and two games out of the Wild Card. They must take every opportunity to get ahead. Bryce Harper already emerged as the leader that they need to get through the playoff push, it will be up to the rest of the team to get this team to where they need and want to go. The Phillies schedule still favors them. They just need to find some consistency.