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Instant Replay: Brewers 3, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Brewers 3, Phillies 2

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MILWAUKEE -- Aaron Nola pitched six strong innings and struck out seven and Odubel Herrera hit his eighth home run of the season, but Joaquin Benoit unraveled and allowed a late home run to Travis Shaw as the Phillies fell to Brewers, 3-2, Saturday evening at Miller Park.

It was the Phils' second consecutive loss coming out of the All-Star break and their seventh in their last eight games overall.

Benoit was saddled with the loss and fell to 1-4 on the season.

Brewers reliever Jacob Nelson earned the victory and improved to 2-1 on the campaign.

Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel brought home his 16th save of the year.

Starting pitching report
Right-hander Aaron Nola had dominated the Brewers in two previous appearances, holding them to just a run over 13 innings of work.

He was solid again Saturday, holding Milwaukee to two runs on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out seven over six innings of work.

Nola put up zeroes for the first four innings Saturday but ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing a two-out single to Jonathan Villar, who stole second and scored on Eric Thames' double, tying the game at 1-1. The Phils had taken an early lead on a Ty Kelly sac fly.

Nola left a 1-0 fastball over the plate to open the sixth and Hernan Perez knocked it out of the park putting the Brewers ahead, 2-1.

Stephen Vogt followed with a walk, prompting a visit to the mound, but Nola escaped with a pair of strikeouts and a force out at second to keep the game at 2-1.

Bullpen report
The subject of multiple trade rumors as the deadline approaches, veteran right-hander Pat Neshek protected a 2-2 tie by striking out the top three of Milwaukee's order in the seventh.

Benoit wasn't quite as lucky. He took over for the eighth and left a 1-1 fastball up to Shaw, who knocked it over the wall in center for his 20th homer of the year, giving Milwaukee a 3-2 lead that held as the final score.

At the plate
With Aaron Altherr out because of a hamstring injury, Daniel Nava moved into the leadoff spot and went 0 for 3 with a walk.

The Phillies didn't get many chances against Brewers' ace Jimmy Nelson, who allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out nine over 6 2/3 innings, but they managed to take a lead on Kelly's sac fly in the fifth, then answered after Milwaukee went ahead, 2-1, when Herrera took Nelson deep for his eighth homer of the season in the top of the eighth.

But it all wound up for naught.

Up next
The three-game series concludes Sunday with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.49 ERA) taking on Milwaukee's Matt Garza (4-4, 3.98)

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.