MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bill Hall made a defensive play to save a run
in the ninth, and scored the winning run moments later. In between,
he even promised he'd end the game.
Waiting for his turn to bat, Hall whispered his thoughts to
pitcher Dave Bush.
"I actually promised Bush in the dugout that I was going to do
something in the ninth inning, that we were going to have a
walk-off win," Hall said.
How close was Franklin to getting Hall?
"If he makes a good throw right there, I'm out," Hall said.
"But that's what happens when you rush things."
"I just messed up," he said. "I would have had him if I made
a good throw."
It was just the second loss in 15 games for the Phillies, while
the Brewers improved to 3-1 on their nine-game homestand.
Milwaukee again came from behind to win -- the 12th time in 14
home victories and 13th overall.
After starting the game in center field, Hall made a brilliant
play at shortstop in the top of the ninth after J.J. Hardy left the
inning before without putting any weight on his right ankle.
Hall fielded David Dellucci's grounder to his left, jumped and
fired to first for the final out with Shane Victorino running home
after he reached third on a two-out triple off Derrick Turnbow
(1-1), who got the win.
Hardy hurt himself on another terrific play.
Carlos Lee, who drove in Milwaukee's first run with a sacrifice
fly, hit a flare single to left. Philadelphia's Pat Burrell
barehanded the ball and fired home, where Sal Fasano perfectly
blocked the plate with Hardy sliding in. Hardy had to be helped off
the field and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday of what the team
called a sprain.
"J.J. just hesitated just enough to get thrown out at the
plate," Brewers manager Ned Yost said after the game. "But that's
definitely the way you block the plate. That's textbook right
The starting matchup was between two of the more prolific
strikeout artists in baseball, with Philadelphia's Cory Lidle
averaging 8.8 Ks per nine innings and Milwaukee's Chris Capuano
just behind at 8.2.
But both needed their bullpens to come through because runs were
hard to come after a myriad of bad baserunning.
The Brewers weren't much better -- Koskie was easily thrown out
trying to steal second and Capuano got in the act too, doubling to
the wall in the fourth but getting hung up on the next at-bat by
Rickie Weeks' grounder.
Geoff Jenkins' RBI single in the third gave Milwaukee a 2-1
Victorino and Bell hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the
seventh inning to tie the game 2-all. Hall got a bad jump on Bell's
double, which took one hop and went over the wall to score
Capuano finished giving up six hits and two runs while striking
out seven in seven innings.
Lidle, who struck out four on his own, left after six innings,
giving up five hits, two walks and two runs.
"What it boils down to is that we had a couple of chances to
win the game late and we didn't do it," Phillies manager Charlie
Manuel said. "They executed by bunting the ball, we threw it away
and they won the game. There is no sense is us getting down."
Weeks committed his 13th error in his 35 games this season
in the third. ... Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is hitting just 1-of-19
on the road trip. But manager Charlie Manuel wasn't worried.
"Jimmy's been getting into some bad luck lately," he said. ...
The Brewers designated right-handed pitcher Jared Fernandez for
assignment, giving them 10 days to trade or release him if he
refuses. ... Yost has not selected a Saturday starter against the
Minnesota Twins, making it appear that the team may not use Ben
Hendrickson, who has gone 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in three starts.