Kyle Schwarber is hitting only .164.
By Sam Bush
The good news for Phillies fans is that ace Zack Wheeler looked ace-worthy yesterday, until manager Joe Girardi left him in too long in the fifth inning.
Ans the bad news is that they lost again to fall to 6-9.
Willy Adames stole home, Hunter Renfroe homered and Adrian Houser tossed six solid innings to lead the Brewers to a 5-3 win.
Wheeler (0-3) is working his way back from right shoulder soreness. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award runner-up, Wheeler, who had retired 10 straight, allowed four runs in the fifth and lost his third straight start. Wheeler, who gave up seven runs over three innings in his previous start against Miami, threw 84 pitches and struck out five in five innings.
Wheeler said some unspecified adjustments he made between starts led to better velocity and a sharp cutter.
“I’m still building up, getting stronger and kind of getting into the swing of things,” Wheeler said. “I think some of the adjustments we made unlocked a little bit of that.”
The Brewers didn’t hit the ball hard against Wheeler — but they did hit him. Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, the Brewers tied the game on RBI singles by Jace Peterson, Adames and Christian Yelich.
Yelich was on first and took off for a steal. Adames ran home and easily scored when Realmuto’s throw skidded to second base and trickled into center field.
“We made a bad throw. It cost us a run,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
Renfroe’s second homer of the season, a solo shot to right in the sixth off Christopher Sanchez, made it 5-3.
Houser (1-2) led the way as part of a Brewers staff that has a 2.32 ERA with 66 strikeouts (62 innings) over seven games.
“Especially after giving up three runs, just try and get out there and get outs, get the guys back in the dugout and let them get on a roll,” Houser said.
Houser finally got some run support to pick up his first win of the season. He lost his last start after giving up one run over 5 2/3 innings to the Cardinals. He struck out three and walked three against the Phillies.
“It’s one of those games that shows how he’s gotten better,” Counsell said. “He ran into some trouble. Made a bad pitch. We messed up a play. Then he was just really, really good after that. He just kept putting up zeroes, kept fighting, kept making good pitches and that’s why we won the game.”
Harper, batting .345 with six RBI over a seven-game hitting streak, doubled and scored on Nick Castellanos’ double in the first. Jean Segura had an RBI single and Castellanos added a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 3-0.
The Phillies fell to 6-9.
“Everyone’s doing their best. That’s the bottom line,” Girardi said.