Tonight, the Brewers played their best baseball of the young season.
The Brewers were able to get on the board early against the Phillies’ intimidating Roy Halladay, who did not look sharp in his six innings of work. Backup catcher George Kottaras started the fun with an RBI single in the second, and Ryan Braun tacked on a solo home run in the third. In the sixth, Mark Kotsay chimed in with an RBI single.
But it wasn’t until the seventh that Halladay really began to fall apart. After Erick Almonte struck out, Rickie Weeks singled and took second on a throwing error by Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. Braun took a two-out walk, and advanced to third on a Prince Fielder single that scored Weeks. That would be the end of Halladay’s night. In the next at-bat, Casey McGehee hammered a David Herndon fastball over the left field wall. In all, Halladay pitched 6.2 innings, allowing six earned runs and only striking out three.
Halladay’s counterpart was again stellar. Randy Wolf pitched six innings of shutout baseball, striking out five and walking two. Wolf established his fastball early, throwing it often and for strikes. He appeared to have trouble locating his curve, though, and mostly abandoned it in favor of the cutter late in the count. After using his fastball extensively in the early innings, Wolf kept hitters off balance the rest of the game by throwing the kitchen sink, starting batters off with sliders, cutters and changeups. In short, Wolf answered the call on a night when the Brewers desperately needed their starter to go deep.