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Phillies 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings): Offense is silent for second straight night

PHILADELPHIA – The Milwaukee Brewers have done an excellent job of tamping down the high-powered Philadelphia Phillies offense.

But for the second straight night the offense could string nothing together against what’s also a really good pitching staff, and a 2-1, 10-inning loss at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday wasn't altogether surprising.

Through 19 innings against the top team in the National League – and maybe all of baseball – the Brewers have generated a grand total of two runs and 12 hits while going 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

Their pitching, meanwhile, has allowed only five runs and 15 hits against a multi-faceted lineup featuring Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, JT Realmuto and Nick Castellanos.

"It's a deep team," said Rhys Hoskins, who would know better than anyone having been a part of the Phillies before coming to Milwaukee in the offseason. He homered for the Brewers' lone run in a 3-1 loss Monday. "We've been right in these games and we've had chances to push either the tying or winning run across. Do that enough, and you're going to win more often than not.

BOX SCORE: Phillies 2, Brewers 0

"Obviously, we've done a really good job on the mound holding these guys to a couple runs a game. It's unfortunate we couldn't push a couple more across."

A one-man rally by Blake Perkins in the third led to the Brewers' lone run as he doubled, tagged and went to third on a fly ball and scored on a grounder.

The combination of "opener" Jared Koenig (1 ⅓ innings, one hit, two strikeouts), Colin Rea (four innings, four hits, two walks, two strikeouts) and Bryan Hudson (1 ⅔ innings one walk, two strikeouts) made that 1-0 lead stand up all the way into the eighth.

BOX SCORE: Phillies 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings)

Elvis Peguero took over from there, and three pitches into the eighth the right-hander surrendered a homer to Alec Bohm that knotted the score at 1-1.

It was the first homer allowed this season by Peguero, who was able to finish the inning with no more damage allowed.

"To shut them out for that many innings, with those guys, that's pretty special," manager Pat Murphy said. "Peguero made one bad pitch."

The ninth began ideally for Milwaukee as William Contreras and Christian Yelich greeted Matt Strahm with singles. Contreras then tagged and went to third on a fly ball by Adames, but Hoskins was caught looking at a pitch on the inside corner for Strike 3 and Gary Sánchez flew out.

Philadelphia got a pair of runners on in the bottom of the ninth against closer Trevor Megill, but he struck out Bohm to send the Brewers into extras for the sixth time on the season and third time in their last eight games.

With pinch-runner Oliver Dunn on second, Perkins grounded out to advance the go-ahead run to third for the second straight inning. Sal Frelick was then hit by a pitch and stole second, leaving Milwaukee a solid hit away from a two-run lead.

Instead, Dunn was thrown out trying to score on Brice Turang's grounder to second with the infield in and then Joey Ortiz fouled out.

"We didn't execute when we had to and didn't get the big hit," Murphy said. "But I'm proud of our guys. We played tough, competitive. Had a couple empty at-bats at times but guys, for the most part, they're competing their brains out and I love it."

Brewers pinch runner Oliver Dunn is tagged out at home by Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto during the 10th inning Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Brewers pinch runner Oliver Dunn is tagged out at home by Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto during the 10th inning Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Joel Payamps took over for Megill in the 10th, but he wasn't on the mound long.

One pitch, in fact, as the Brewers opted to put Bryson Stott to set up a righty-righty matchup as well as a potential double play with Castellanos coming up.

But Payamps left a sinker way up in the zone on his first offering and Castellanos went with it, roping it to right for the decisive double that improved the Phillies to an incredible 22-3 in their last 25 home games.

"Just, a tough loss, obviously," said Rea. "I feel like we're playing well. But that's a good team and unfortunately we didn't come out on top."

It was a bit of a statistical rarity for Koenig to have started consecutive games more than once in the same season.

How rare? Since 1969, only three other pitchers have done it: Ryne Stanek (2019, Tampa Bay), Dave Goltz (1978, Minnesota) and Wilbur Wood (1973, Chicago White Sox).

"I think it's fun," said Koenig, who also opened consecutive victories in Boston on Milwaukee's last road trip. "It's something I think I'm somewhat comfortable with just because I've started before in the big leagues. Minuscule experience with it, but something where I can understand my stuff and going after it.

"If it's going to benefit the team, then I'm all for it."

Brewers time, TV, radio

The Brewers game starts at the 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.

TV: Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio: AM-620 and a state network.

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Brewers at Phillies, 3:05 p.m. Wednesday: Milwaukee LHP Aaron Ashby (0-1, 9.82) vs. Philadelphia RHP Aaron Nola (7-2, 3.03). Broadcasts: TV – Bally Sports Wisconsin. Radio – AM-620.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Phillies 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings): Offense is silent for second straight night