Phils Look Drunk As Brewers Sweep Series

The unthinkable happened. The Phillies went into Milwaukee riding a five-game winning streak and came out with a three-game losing streak. It was three days of lost opportunities as both the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins lost three-in-a-row as well. The Phillies could have a nice lead in the NL wild card race, but instead, cling to their 1/2 game advantage over the Marlins.

The Phillies suffered an embarrassing three-game sweep as Keith Ginter and Jason Conti homered to power the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 win.

Vicente Padilla (11-9) allowed three runs in five-plus innings for the Phillies, who entered the day one-half game ahead of Florida atop the National League wild card standings. The Brewers, who have the second-worst record in the NL (51-75), extended their home winning streak to a season-best four games.

The Brewers outscored the Phillies, 21-7 in the three-game series and took four of the six games played between the two teams this season. Milwaukee began the day with the National League's third-worst ERA (5.04). Philadelphia was in the middle of the league with a .260 batting average.

Ginter did with his bat what he couldn't do with his glove while Conti contributed with both as the Brewers completed their first series sweep of the Phillies since joining the NL in 1998. After committing one of his two errors in the second inning, allowing the tying run to score when he misplayed a grounder to third base, Ginter led off the bottom of the sixth with his 10th homerun, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 lead.

Conti threw out Bobby Abreu at the plate in the top of the seventh, preserving the one-run lead, then hit a two-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring. Later, Conti put away the game against Turk Wendell, sending a 1-2 pitch over the right-center field wall for his first home run of the season and first as a Brewer.

Leo Estrella (4-2) picked up the win after getting the final out in the sixth in relief of Doug Davis. Dan Kolb earned his 10th save in as many chances by tossing a scoreless ninth.

Milwaukee had just eight hits to Philadelphia's 11, but the Phils stranded 11 runners. They left 19 on base in the first two games of the series.

An inning after Abreu was gunned down at the plate, the Phillies had a pair of men thrown out on the basepaths. Tomas Perez was out overrunning first after a bad throw and Houston was nailed trying to stretch a single.


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