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Phillies Embarrassed in Milwaukee, Lose Ground to Atlanta in NL East Race

Aaron Nola failed to shake his September demons and the Phillies turned in a listless Tuesday night performance in Milwaukee.

Phillies embarrassed in Milwaukee, lose ground to Atlanta in NL East race originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

A day after gorging themselves on 16 hits, including six homers, and 12 runs in a Labor Day shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Phillies looked like a completely different team Tuesday night.

Aaron Nola failed to shake his September demons, Ramon Rosso was terrible out of the bullpen and the offense was poor from start to finish.

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When the dust settled on the evening, the Phils were 10-0 losers to the Brewers just a day after routing them, 12-0.

Milwaukee lefty Eric Lauer pitched seven shutout innings. The Phillies are 20-25 against left-handed starters this season.

The loss was costly for the Phillies as they lost ground to first-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves beat Washington in Atlanta. The Phils trail the Braves by 2 ½ games with 24 to play. The Phils entered the day two games back in the wild-card chase.

A day after their offensive eruption Monday, the Phillies were held to just five hits and all were singles. They had just one hit through the first five innings.

Lauer gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five over his seven innings of work. He entered the game with a 3.26 ERA in 15 starts this season. Lauer came out of Kent State University and was a first-round pick (25th overall) of the Padres in 2016, the same draft in which the Phillies selected Mickey Moniak first overall.

Nola had a mixed-bag start for the Phillies. He pitched five walk-free innings and allowed just six hits. But five of those hits came in the third inning as the Brewers rallied for three runs. Nola just could not put the Brewers away in that inning. All five of the hits that he gave up in the frame came with two strikes. Three of the hits came on curveballs, one on a sinker and one on a changeup.

Nola’s September struggles are well documented. Since 2019, he has an ERA of 5.38 in 13 September starts. The Phillies have won just three of those games. Nola has pitched nine innings and allowed nine runs in two starts this September.

Nola’s season ERA is up to 4.57. The Phils are just 13-15 in his 28 starts. They will have a difficult time catching the Braves if Nola doesn’t turn it around quickly. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against Colorado at home.

Milwaukee led 3-0 entering the sixth inning and built the lead to 6-0 when Rosso allowed three runs – all after a wild pitch on a two-out strikeout extended the inning. Rosso allowed two singles and two walks after that.

Kyle Gibson gets the ball in Wednesday night’s series finale. Freddy Peralta will start for Milwaukee.

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