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Nothing brewin' for Phils vs. Milwaukee


Nothing brewin' for Phils vs. Milwaukee
Brewers outfielder Mike Cameron said the weather was "terrible" Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"This was Green Bay football weather," he said. "You're not supposed to play Baseball in this stuff."

But at least Braden Looper, of all people, did his best to get Cameron out of the elements as fast as possible.

Looper, a Phillies punching bag over the years, tossed six scoreless innings and joined with three relievers to handcuff the world champs in a 3-1 victory that ended a stretch of Milwaukee misery in south Philly .

The Brewers (5-9) had dropped seven consecutive games at Citizens Bank Park, including the two playoff games last fall, but got good pitching from Looper and good luck.

The Phils (6-7) had eight hits and hit several other balls hard, but right at Brewers outfielders.

"We hit some balls on the nose," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said. "We hit four balls hard right at the right fielder alone. If something good happened, we didn't take advantage of it."

One day after scoring four runs in the first inning in an 11-4 win, the Phils were kept off the board until Jayson Werth's 415-foot home run to center in the ninth.

They put runners on the corners with two out later in the ninth, but the Phillies couldn't pull off their seventh comeback win this season. Pinch hitter Chris Coste chased a pitch in the dirt on the game-ending strikeout.

It was a messy ending to a messy night that began with rain and gusty winds adding chill to the game-time temp of 52 degrees.

No wonder a season-low CBP attendance of 32,759 was announced and only a fraction of them were there at the freezing finish.

The Phils' bats never really warmed up.

"We usually hit Looper pretty good, but he did a good job of mixing in a split to go with his slider and fastball," Manuel said. "He made good pitches on us and we couldn't muster anything."

Looper, who had a lifetime ERA of 5.53 against the Phils, improved to 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA this season.

He walked two and didn't strike out anyone.

He was matched through four innings by Joe Blanton, who pitched his best game after a pair of bad outings.

Blanton allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings and lowered his ERA from 9.00 to 7.31.

He was touched for a home run by J.J. Hardy on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth and hung a curve to Cameron that was smacked into the left-field corner for a two-run double in the sixth.

Other than that, he and four relievers pitched well.

"Hardy hit a pitcher's pitch for the home run and the double was just a bad pitch," Blanton said. "Cameron did what hitters do with hanging curveballs, but I felt I made some good pitches with my sinker and got some groundballs.

"This one was better than my last start which was better than the one before that."

Brewers 3

Phillies 1

Looking ahead: LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 11.17 ERA) tries to get Philadelphia the series win at 1:05 p.m. today vs. Milwaukee RHP Dave Bush (0-0, 5.40).


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 24, 2009

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