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)

MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

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MLB Notes: Twins-Braves, Royals-Padres make trades

MINNEAPOLIS -- Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins have acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Jaime García, catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves for minor league right-hander Huascar Ynoa.

The 31-year-old García is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA and 808 strikeouts in 176 appearances, mostly with St. Louis (2008, 2010-16). He missed the 2009 MLB season following Tommy John surgery.

Garcia is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA, 41 walks and 85 strikeouts in 18 starts for the Braves this year.

While Garcia's numbers don't jump off the page, the Twins were in need of a veteran arm to put into a rotation that has been largely disappointing behind the top two starters, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios (see full story).

Royals: Cahill, Maurer, Buchter acquired from Padres
DETROIT -- The contending Kansas City Royals have acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter.

The Royals sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash to San Diego on Monday. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

Kansas City began the day tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot and 1 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland. The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap.

Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010.

Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter.

Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year.

Dodgers: Kershaw lost to DL with back injury
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw is headed to the disabled list for the second straight summer because of a back injury.

A year after missing 2 1/2 months with a herniated disk in his lower back, Kershaw was pulled from a start Sunday against Atlanta because of lower back tightness. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace exited after two innings in a 5-4, 10-inning victory.

It leaves baseball's top team without its best pitcher. The Dodgers lead the majors with a 68-31 record and are atop the NL West standings by 10 games.

Kershaw was set to meet with a back specialist Sunday evening for tests, although manager Dave Roberts was already sure that Kershaw would be placed on the 10-day DL (see full story).

Mets: Wheeler put on DL because of arm trouble
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have put pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list because of a stress reaction in his right arm.

The Mets didn't provide a timetable for Wheeler's return. He was on the DL last month with biceps tendinitis and has struggled in four starts since his return.

The team recalled righty Tyler Pill from Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday night's game at San Diego.

Wheeler joins Mets starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Robert Gsellman on the disabled list. Steven Matz and Seth Lugo recently came off the DL and returned to the rotation.

The 27-year-old Wheeler didn't pitch in the majors the past two years after having Tommy John surgery in 2015. He is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts.

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

Tonight's lineup: Nick Williams moves up to 3rd for hot-hitting Phillies

The hot-hitting Phillies made some minor tweaks to their lineup for Monday's series opener against the American League-beset Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera and Tommy Joseph all move up in the lineup with Howie Kendrick getting the day off. Williams will hit third, Herrera moves up to fifth and Joseph will hit sixth. Andrew Knapp is catching and batting seventh. Cameron Perkins is playing left field and batting eighth.

Williams is hitting .309 with four home runs, four doubles, two triples and 15 RBIs in 19 games since being called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley on June 30. He had a two-run homer and another RBI in the Phillies' 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

After his 1 for 3 day with an RBI on Sunday, Herrera moves up spot. The centerfielder is hitting .331 with a major-league leading 19 doubles since June 3.

Joseph was 0 for 4 on Sunday with two strikeouts. He hit seventh against the Brewers but will hit sixth tonight.

Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14)  is on the mound for the Phillies. He'll be opposed by Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49).

Here is the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Tommy Joseph, 1B
7. Andrew Knapp, C
8. Cameron Perkins, LF
9. Vince Velasquez, SP

For more on tonight's game, read Corey Seidman's game notes.