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Cliff and Phils Look to Avoid Sweep Behind After Embarrassing Call Costs Them Game Two

Jun 2, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Philadelphia Phillies

That one hurt. The Phils were on the comeback trail against the Brewers in the 9th inning last night, with a leadoff Freddy Galvis solo shot cutting the lead to one, and Jimmy Rollins singling and a Ben Revere bunt getting us a man in scoring position with just one out. But with J-Roll sitting for the game with a sore foot, Charlie had Kyle Kendrick take the basepaths for him, and continuing our streak of good luck with pitchers getting used as pinch-runners, it quickly proved a disaster, as Milwaukee reliever made a wild spin to second to pick off a leaning Kyle, with shortstop Jean Segura applying the tag.

Except he didn’t. Second-base ump Mike Estabrook called the tag, but it was never actually made–the ball clearly popped out of Segura’s glove as he was swiping Kyle, and not recovered until the pitcher was easily back on the bag. Still, the out call was made, and a subsequent Cesar Hernandez double to right, which would have easily scored KK from second, was instead wasted when Michael Martinez (a late-inning and arguably shortsighted base-running replacement for Ryan Howard) grounded out to short. Final score: Brewers 4, Phils 3.

The Downtown Dom Brown watch wasn’t in huge effect last night, as the NL home-run leader went just 1-4 with the one hit being a single, but Dom did do something for the first time since April 30th–he took a walk. Of course, it wasn’t really his choice–the walk came in that ninth inning with a base open and Michael Martinez on deck, an obvious situation for an IBB. Still, it was cool to see our best hitter being treated with the fear and respect that he deserves, and it was good to see that ol’ OBP take a jump for Dom, regardless of situation. He’s also hit safely in six straight and 11 of his last 12, if that’s your sort of thing.

Anyway, Dom will get one more chance to power the Phils to a win against this damned Brew Crew, with the help of Cliff Lee taking the hill this afternoon. Cliff has obviously been our best starter this year, and is in a serious groove even by his standards of late, going 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in his last five starts, going at least seven innings deep in each outing (with a typically Cliftonian 29:6 K/BB ratio). However, Lee’s struggled in his career against Milwaukee (0-1, 5.08 ERA in five starts), and the Brewers’ bats have already tagged the Phils for 12 runs in this series, so this is no time for electric relaxation from the Phife Dog.

1:35 first pitch from CBP. Before we get there, quick shoutout to Cesar Hernandez, who’s hit fairly respectably (5-15 with a double and a run scored) in three starts filling in for the injured Chase Utley. After years of Wilson Valdezes and Juan Castros filling in for our perpetually injured middle infielders, nice to get a sub with at least the slightest hint of upside, no?

  1. Proof read - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Final score: Phils 4, Brewers 3.

    ummm.. No.

    • Andrew Unterberger - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM


  2. Matt S. - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    I wasn’t even upset about that call to be honest. It’s their own fault that an absolutely dreadful team like the Brewers can come into CBP and have their way with the Phils. The Brewers starting rotation is terrible there’s no excuse for being held to 2 runs before the bullpen comes in. Nice to see some signs of life today but after a respectable split against Boston this series had sweep written all over it. Pretty disappointing to only win 1 pending a collapse.

    • BenE. - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      Yeah it’s tough to he upset about the blown call at 2nd. If Segura held onto the ball, Kendrick would have been called out anyway. The moral is stop wandering off the f-ing base when you’re a pitcher and the opposition sees you as a sitting duck. That play, and the loss, was not on the second base umpire.

      • 2sense - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        Yea it was Ben. An ump sees a catch with one hand and coming out of a tag with ball in the other hand and doesn’t wonder for a sec how that could be? Effing pathetic, a 5th grade ump would have done better.

        But not as putridly pathetic as Kendrick. So you’re a pro ball player diving back to second, a loose ball hits you in the face, then rolls under your shoulder and pops back out, and you don’t even notice? Then meekly offer “you gotta be kidding me”? Where’s the full-on freak-out? Was anyone in the dugout or clubhouse or organization not watching a TV? I forget is it 1973 or 2013? That play embodied the overall lack of fight in this team more than any other play this year. Just roll over and take another loss in front of 35,000 who wasted their money.

      • 2sense - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:08 AM

        2 days now since his debacle at second, Kendrick pitched an earned shutout vs Marlins and tore it up on the basepaths (What’s with umps blowing these easy calls against KK? Will be awesome when they “even out” someday). If I’m gonna write to bitch, gotta write again to say outstanding gutsy rebound effort last night.

      • BenE. - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        I see what you’re saying about the call vs Milwaukee, 2sense. Errors are a part of baseball just as much as pickoff plays are, so I can understand where the grief with the 2nd base umpire comes from. I suppose it is somewhat dismissive of me to say “Kendrick would have been out anyway.” The fact is, he got some of that crazy baseball luck (part of the game, too) and was safe, and the umpire missed it. Bad situation all around.

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