After joining Phillies, MacPhail watches team lose to Brewers 7-4



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PHILADELPHIA — Soon-to-be Phillies president Andy MacPhail promised to watch, listen and learn over the next three months. He probably hoped for a better beginning.

Jonathan Lucroy had four of the Brewers' season high-tying 16 hits and drove in two runs, leading Milwaukee to a 7-4 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night in a matchup of the two worst teams in baseball.

The Phillies fell to a major league-worst 27-51 hours after they introduced MacPhail as the new man in charge of the club.

The veteran baseball executive joined the Phillies with plans to take over as team president after this season. He'll eventually replace Pat Gillick, who helped choose his successor. MacPhail will serve as a special assistant to Gillick for the rest of this season, then take over all business and baseball operations.

Interim manager Pete Mackanin, who took over after Ryne Sandberg's resignation on Friday, said the events of the day didn't negatively affect the Phillies.

"On the surface, it appeared everybody was going about business as they normally do," Mackanin said. "Guys played well. They outscored us basically."

Ryan Braun had three hits with a double and an RBI, and Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez each had a pair of RBIs for the Brewers, who have won five of seven to improve to 30-48. Five Milwaukee relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings.

Sean O'Sullivan (1-6) continued his season-long struggles, allowing a season-high 12 hits while giving up six runs in five innings.

"I was ahead of guys," O'Sullivan said. "The problem was putting them away. Tonight's on me. I'm pretty disappointed with the results."

Cesar Hernandez continued to be a recent bright spot for Philadelphia. He had a pair of hits and an RBI and is batting .563 over his last four games while filling in for injured Chase Utley, who is on the DL with right ankle inflammation, at second base.

"Cesar continues to look good," Mackanin said. "He's making a strong showing for what he's capable of doing."

Philadelphia was up 4-1 through two innings, but Milwaukee cut the lead to 4-2 on Lind's sacrifice fly in the third and got another run back in the fifth on Braun's RBI double.

The Brewers went in front with three runs in the sixth. Four straight hits to start the inning ended the night for O'Sullivan, who has one victory in 12 starts this season.

Ramirez, pinch hitting for Jimmy Nelson, put the Brewers ahead 5-4 with a two-run double to right. Lucroy made it a two-run game with an RBI single to left later in the sixth. And Lucroy's RBI single in the eighth made it 7-4.

Nelson (5-8) won consecutive starts for the first time this season despite giving up four runs and six hits in five innings.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Lind extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games with a first-inning double. He is batting .419 during the streak.

HAPPY TO HIT HERE

Lucroy and Braun both enjoy hitting at Citizens Bank Park. Lucroy is batting .500 (22 for 44) in 11 games while Braun is hitting .418 (38 for 91) in 23 games.

DE FRATUS' DUTY

Justin De Fratus followed O'Sullivan and set a career-high by pitching 2 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits with one strikeout and no walks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: OF Khris Davis (knee) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday at Class-A Wisconsin. Davis has been on the DL since May 31 after tearing the meniscus in his right knee.

Phillies: RHP Chad Billingsley will start Thursday's game against the Brewers. Billingsley made a comeback to the big leagues this season after missing most of the last two years due to right shoulder operations, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts for Philadelphia, only to land back on the DL on May 17 with a right shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

Brewers RHP Taylor Jungmann (2-1, 2.74) makes his fifth start for the club. He will be opposed by Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (5-6, 3.26). Hamels is winless in his last five starts, posting a 3.82 ERA over that stretch.

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