Phillies Beat the Brewers With Late Home Runs

Written By Bob Cunningham On Wednesday, April 20, 2011
It's not a rarity when the Phillies win a game using only the long-ball. It is a rarity, however, when the big shots come via lead-off man Shane Victorino and his No. 2 man Placido Polanco.

But that's exactly what happened Wednesday afternoon as the Phillies prevented what would have been the team's first real slump of the season.

Down 3-0 in the sixth, Polanco smacked a ball into left field with two runners on to tie the game up at three a piece.

Victorino then broke the tie in the eighth with a monster shot to right-center field. Jose Contreras then finished things off by recording his fourth save of the season in as many attempts.

Starter Cliff Lee had to battle through this game, giving up eight hits and three runs (two earned) along with one walk and only one strikeout in six innings pitched.

"I didn't have my best stuff," Lee said via the Associated Press. "I had to battle. They have a very good offense. I would've liked to have been more efficient and done a better job. I felt fine, but I wasn't as sharp as I'd liked to be. A day you feel you don't have your best stuff, to be able to take the team to the sixth, seventh and have a chance to win, that's all you can ask for."

There's not a whole lot of complaining going on after a win, but the Phillies offense must still be aware that they have been downright awful in 14 of the last 18 innings they've faced the Brewers.

We're still in April so there's no need to hit the panic button, but the issues at the plate must be nipped in the bud so the Phils aren't chasing the Braves in a frantic race at the end of the season because they underachieved mightily before the All-Star break per usual.

With the first series loss of the season behind them, the Phils will travel out to San Diego to face the Padres in a four-game series starting Thursday, and continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks before returning to CBP to face the New York Mets for the second time this month.

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