Instant Replay: Brewers 9, Phillies 4


Instant Replay: Brewers 9, Phillies 4


The Phillies’ spate of sloppy play continued in a 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee scored three times in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie. Two of the three runs were unearned after an error by Ryan Howard. The Phillies also gave up an unearned run in the first inning.

The Phils have lost three games in a row and made costly errors in all three. They have fallen to 3-5 on the season while Milwaukee is 6-2.

After eight games, the Phillies have committed nine errors (tied for most in the NL) and allowed 10 unearned runs (most in the NL).

The Brewers have won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 19-8.

Starting pitching report
Roberto Hernandez battled a high pitch count and only made it through five innings, but he kept his club in the game, allowing four runs. He walked one and struck out nine, mostly with an excellent changeup.

Milwaukee’s Matt Garza went six innings and gave up four runs.

Bullpen report
Ryne Sandberg went to his bullpen with the score tied 4-4 in the sixth. Jeff Manship was first man out. He pitched a scoreless inning. Lefty Jake Diekman struck out three right-handed hitters in the seventh.

Antonio Bastardo was on the mound for the Brewers’ three-run eighth. He got ahead of Mark Reynolds, the first batter of the inning, with two strikes, but ended up walking him. Reynolds stole second, went to third on a bunt and scored when pinch-hitter Logan Schafer slapped a ball past Howard at first base. Howard got a glove on the ball but could not get an out at home or first base and was charged with an error.

Tyler Thornburg pitched two scoreless innings for the Brewers and got the win.

At the plate
The Phillies were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They are 4 for 32 with runners in scoring position during their three-game losing streak.

Marlon Byrd had two RBIs for the Phillies.

Ryan Braun continued to swing a torrid bat while hearing boos from the fans. He capped the Brewers’ eighth-inning rally with a booming two-run triple to center. He has four extra-base hits and nine RBIs in the first two games of the series. Braun had struck out in his previous three at-bats before the triple.

Carlos Gomez homered on an 0-2 pitch against Hernandez in the fourth and Reynolds took Justin De Fratus deep in the ninth.

In the field
Jimmy Rollins made an error in the first inning that led to an unearned run.

Ben Revere, who had costly drops in center field in each of the previous two games, made the catch of the game, a running, diving grab on Scooter Gennett’s sinking liner in the second inning.

Sick bay
Chase Utley did not start for the second straight game because of illness. He was at the stadium and available for pinch-hitting duty.

Saturday’s starter
The Phillies have yet to name a starting pitcher for Saturday night’s game against the Marlins. All signs point to Jonathan Pettibone coming up from Triple A to get the start. David Buchanan was eliminated from consideration when he threw 93 pitches for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. Jeff Manship has been mentioned as a candidate, but he pitched in relief Wednesday night.

Up next
The Brewers and Phillies close out the series on Thursday night. Cliff Lee (2-0, 6.00) opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (0-0, 1.59).

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.