I'm not trying to be Captain Excuse-Maker on behalf of the Brewers, but I still feel pretty good about this series after yesterday's game.
The Phillies threw their best guy out there yesterday, and he was on. He was constantly throwing his changeup to a righty down and on the outside corner. That is an unhittable pitch. The best they could hope for was to foul that pitch off. He was also spotting his fastball. Joe Simpson (who is the Braves announcer and sees the Phillies a lot) said that this was the best he had ever seen Hamels pitch.
Lidge made more mistakes in his one inning than Hamels made in the previous 8 innings. And the Brewers hit some balls hard, plated a run and had a chance to tie in the 9th inning but didn't get a key hit from Hart (f'ing shocker). The Brewers can at least take something positive into today's game with the at bats that they took in 9th inning.
It was a well-pitched game from both sides (although Gallardo was not hitting his spots) and the weather was garbage. And the defense was garbage in the 3rd. But I think they acquitted themselves fairly well.