10/04/08 10:40 PM ET
Phillies Short Hops: Game 3
First inning proves to be Philadelphia's downfall in Milwaukee
By Kevin Horan / MLB.com
Going for the sweep, the Phillies couldn't overcome the Brewers' two-run first inning, managing only six hits over the first eight frames.
The opening frame proved to be Philadelphia's downfall. With a frenzied Milwaukee crowd filling Miller Park, Phillies starter Jamie Moyer struggled to record outs. The veteran left-hander walked the first two hitters, who later scored on RBIs by Prince Fielder and J.J. Hardy. Big Number
Four Moyer was lifted for a pinch-hitter after throwing four innings. The veteran left-hander gave up two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three. It was the shortest of Moyer's six career postseason starts and his shortest start since lasting only three innings against the Mets on Aug. 26. Game balls
The Phillies' right fielder made the highlight reel with his glove and bat in Game 3. Werth took advantage of a baserunning miscue when Corey Hart took too wide of a turn rounding first base in the third inning, and Werth picked him off. In the sixth, Werth got Philadelphia on the board when he led off with a triple and scored on Ryan Howard's groundout. Werth also doubled in the eighth, but was stranded.
The Phillies' lefty reliever was faced with a tough task in the sixth, entering the game with the bases loaded and the dangerous Prince Fielder in the batter's box with two outs. Eyre was up to the challenge. After falling behind in the count, 3-1, Eyre dealt the first baseman a 91-mph fastball that Fielder popped up to left, ending the inning. However, Eyre did allow a run in the seventh when J.J. Hardy led off with a single and scored three batters later.
The Phillies' first baseman came through with his first two hits and first RBI of the series. Sense of October
The urgency of October baseball was epitomized for the Phillies in the top of the fifth. With a runner on first and one out, Phils manager Charlie Manuel opted to pinch-hit for Moyer. The Phils were trailing, 2-0, but had been struggling at the plate, and Manuel saw a need to spark his offense. The move didn't help, as pinch-hitter Matt Stairs flied out to center and Jimmy Rollins followed with a popout to short that ended the inning.
4 AB, 2 H, 1 R
Comment: Werth was a bright spot on a night that Philadelphia struggled at the plate.
4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 Ks
Comment: Of all the numbers in that line, the three walks are what matter most. Moyer began the game with two consecutive walks, and both runners went on to score.
"That's kind of the way it goes at times. I don't know what you do about it. We've played 27 innings of baseball and we've only scored in three innings." -- Manuel, discussing his team's struggles at the plate. Next step
The Brewers played well at home throughout the regular season, and their Miller Park advantage became apparent again Saturday. The Phillies will try to reverse that trend Sunday, when a victory would send them to their first NL Championship Series since 1993.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.