Milwaukee Brewers swept by Phillies have lost six straight games

The Milwaukee Brewers emerged from a grueling three-city, 11-game road trip last Thursday, returning to American Family Field with a sigh of relief. House Again.

A seven-game homestand with the team’s first day off in three weeks was expected, as were a plethora of key contributors who were lined up to return from injury.

The Brewers had every chance to hit the reset button before heading out on a third three-city trip.

Instead, it went as badly as it could possibly get.

The Brewers fell, 8-3, to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, finding themselves on the wrong end of a three-game sweep and 1-6 homestand in which the offense was mostly dormant. Milwaukee has lost six in a row and eight of nine to fall to 33-26 on the year.

Thursday’s loss started with an unusual type of start from Corbin Burnes, but eventually gave way to a result that has been fairly common for the Brewers recently.

Burnes showcased some of his best outright performances in terms of speed and movement, but struggled with control issues at times, which led to an early exit despite striking out eight Phillies batters.

Burnes went just 4⅓ innings, struggling against a high pitch count and allowing only one earned run, but a somewhat shaky defense and an offense that again fell silent resulted in the first streak of six straight home defeats for the Brewers since 2016.

During the skid, Milwaukee only scored nine points.

THE SCORE OF THE BOX: Phillies 8, Brewers 3

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The Brewers, who briefly led 1-0 on a Willy Adames homer in the first inning Thursday, haven’t had a multi-run lead since May 31, a 76-inning span.

With the way Burnes came out of the gates, knocking out the Phillies in order in the first, there was a possibility that Milwaukee only needed the Adames homer. But Burnes ran into command issues, hitting a career-high four, and couldn’t get out of fifth as his pitch count soared to 113.

When Burnes came out with one out in the fourth and two men, the game was still tied. But a sacrifice fly from JT Realmuto and a brace from Didi Gregorius led to a pair of unearned runs to put the Phillies up, 3-1.

Hunter Renfroe homered to lead the Brewers’ sixth, joining Adames and Rowdy Tellez for the team lead with 10 on the year. At the very least, getting home runs from Adames and Renfroe, who all returned from injury this week, was a positive sign.

Bryce Harper responded with his own inning-opener, a scoreboard hit on an 0-2 pitch from Brad Boxberger in the seventh.

Kyle Schwarber added a two-run homer against Trevor Kelley for insurance runs in the eighth inning. Odubel Herrera threw another two-run homer against Kelley in the ninth.

The Brewers left 10 men on base, the latest in a string of stranded runners in recent games.

That they stay in first place in NL Central — by half a game against the St. Louis Cardinals — is the silver lining, especially given how dismal the past 10 days have been.

Another long road trip awaits the Brewers as they attempt to turn the tide in a three-game series with Washington that begins Friday.

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