Instant Replay: Brewers 3, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Brewers 3, Phillies 2


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)

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford sit vs. lefty


Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford sit vs. lefty

With the Phillies facing lefty Alex Wood tonight, Tommy Joseph gets a rare start at first base.

It's Joseph's third start in the Phillies' last 12 games. He's become a forgotten man with the Phils' outfield fully healthy and Rhys Hoskins thriving at first base.

Pete Mackanin is using the matchup with a southpaw as a reason to get Joseph in the mix. Joseph has actually been dreadful this season against lefties, hitting just .197/.272/.410 in 135 plate appearances.

J.P. Crawford and Nick Williams have the night off.

Andrew Knapp is behind the plate to catch his second game since returning from a six-week DL stint.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, LF
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Andrew Knapp, C
9. Jake Thompson, P

Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

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Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Rhys Hoskins refuses to go into a slump

Phillies (60-91) vs. Dodgers (96-55)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on and the NBC Sports App

Well, this series hasn't gone as planned.

Despite facing Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, the Phillies have beaten the Dodgers on back-to-back nights to force at least a split. 

For L.A., it continues a miserable four-week stretch. The Dodgers were 91-36 on Aug. 25 and have gone 4-19 since.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are 31-33 since the All-Star break and 17-14 since Aug. 6.

More on tonight's game and the series in general:

• Last night was yet another fantastic game for Rhys Hoskins, who hit the game-deciding three-run double, drove in four runs in all and reached base three times. 

It appeared Hoskins was going into a slump after he went 0 for 11 with six strikeouts against the Athletics this past weekend, but he's responded by reaching base in five of seven plate appearances against the Dodgers. 

Through 39 games, Hoskins has hit .299/.428/.739 with five doubles, 18 homers and 43 RBIs. He has 29 walks and 33 strikeouts.

Odubel Herrera hit his 40th double of the season last night, becoming the first Phillie since Jayson Werth in 2010 to reach 40. 

The Phils had just one player hit 40 doubles in 2008 (Chase Utley), 2009 (Jimmy Rollins) and 2010 (Werth) and then none from 2011-16.

• Another scoreless inning last night from Luis Garcia, who's allowed one run in his last 18 appearances and has a 2.43 ERA in 61 games.

Nick Williams picked up his 11th infield single of the season last night. That kind of speed will allow him to maintain a higher batting average on balls in play than most players (see story).

• The Phillies face left-hander Alex Wood, who's had a career year. Wood is 15-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 140⅓ innings this season, with 144 strikeouts, 37 walks and just 13 home runs allowed. 

Lefties and righties alike have struggled against Wood, but he's been much more hittable since the All-Star break. Wood had a 1.56 ERA in the first half and has a 4.07 ERA since.

In his last start, Wood shut out the Nationals over six innings with eight strikeouts. In his previous three starts, he allowed 12 runs and six homers in 17 innings.

• Two Phillies, in particular, have seen Wood well: Freddy Galvis is 7 for 13 with a double; Cesar Hernandez is 5 for 11 with a double and three walks. 

Jake Thompson starts for the Phillies. He's 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in nine games (six starts). He put 10 Marlins on base in 5⅓ innings in his last start but didn't allow a run.

• The Phillies would need to go 2-9 or worse the rest of the way to reach 100 losses. If the season ended today they'd pick second in the 2018 draft. The Giants are 1½ games worse.