Parra's struggles sink Brewers in Philly
Milwaukee's Wild Card lead at two games over Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Brewers left-hander Manny Parra surrendered more runs on Saturday -- five -- than he recorded outs -- four.Not exactly a formula for success. Parra fell into an early hole, and the Brewers never recovered in a 7-3 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was Milwaukee's ninth loss in 12 games this month and one that left only two games separating the teams in the National League Wild Card race. Despite losing nine of their 12 games this month, the Brewers still lead in that department. The Phillies will get a chance to forge a tie in Sunday's doubleheader. "I was ineffective," Parra said. "That's the best word for it." He wasn't alone. The Brewers were limited to two runs in 6 1/3 innings against Phillies starter Cole Hamels (13-9), and scored those runs with help. Philadelphia left fielder Pat Burrell misplayed a fourth-inning fly ball by Jason Kendall into a two-run double that briefly cut the Brewers' deficit to 5-2. Ryan Braun snapped an 0-for-17 slump with his first home run since Aug. 31, but that came after the Phillies had tacked on two runs on Jimmy Rollins' homer off reliever Carlos Villanueva. Rollins scored three times, Chase Utley scored twice and Ryan Howard drove in two runs to put pressure on Milwaukee. Braun set a career high with his 35th home run this season. He also ended a drought of 10 games without an RBI. "It's insignificant," Braun said. "I would have rather gone 0-for-4 or 0-for-5 again and had us win a game at this point in the season. But obviously it's important for me to get going again. For us to turn it around, a big part is the middle of the lineup." Hitting coach Jim Skaalen was ejected in the fourth after a dispute with third-base umpire Ron Kulpa during a Prince Fielder at-bat. The Brewers insist Fielder was struck on the hand by a Hamels pitch, but Kulpa instead ruled it a swinging strike. Fielder later singled, but not before Skaalen was tossed. Skaalen was spared from another brutal offensive performance by the slumping Brewers, who were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The team has scored 34 runs in its 12 games this month while hitting .160 (17-for-106) with runners in scoring position.
|"Tired? Look, we're in a pennant race and it's September. No. Nice excuse. He hasn't pitched well [but] his stuff is fine. His location is off. He pitches in spurts. He pitches good for a couple of good innings and then he has a bad inning and he doesn't contain the damage."|
|-- Ned Yost, on Manny Parra|
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