Arrieta struggles on the mound; Phillies fall to Brewers

Jake Arrieta and Phillies fall to Brewers
Bryce Harper snapped a 0-for-15 drought with a double to left, but that was the lone highlight of the evening for the Phillies on Wednesday as the Brewers pulled out a 5-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

Jake Arrieta had a rough night, surrendering five runs - four earned - on five hits. He walked four and struck out five. He ran into trouble in the third inning, issuing three walks, including a pair to open the frame. The Brewers capitalized and scored three runs to break a 1-1 tie. They never looked back.

"I think the turning point was the three walks I had in the third inning," Arrieta told reporters afterward. "That inning separated the game as far as the score goes."

J.T. Realmuto collected two hits and Jean Segura homered in the opening frame to lead the Phils offensivly.

"It was not a crisp game," manager Gabe Kapler said afterward. "There were certainly some things we could have done better out there."



The Phillies made several defensive miscues, including an odd play involving Sean Rodriguez in the third inning when he cleanly fielded a grounder with the bases loaded but recorded only a force at home on a play where he could have gotten at least two outs. Gio Gonzalez, who was on third base, started towards home but made his way back to third - causing Rodriguez to pause - by the time Rodriguez fired home to get a force the other runners had already advanced.

"Really unusual situation to have Gonzalez go back to the bag in that situation," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "If Gio goes back to the base, probably the play there is for Sean to go over and tag him, and then deal with [Lorenzo] Cain (who was now standing on third base)."

The two clubs conclude their four-game set on Thursday afternoon with Zach Eflin opposing Zach Davies.

Thursday's Lineup
McCutchen 7
Harper 9
Segura 6
Hoskins 3
Hernandez 4
Herrera 8
Knapp 2
Franco 5
Eflin 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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