Philadelphia Phillies defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 6-5

The home finale for the Milwaukee Brewers was emblematic of the primary shortcoming that took apart their season shortly after the all-star break.

This was and still is their formula for defeat: The starting pitcher digs a big early hole that a relatively potent offense is unable to overcome. A close-but-no-cigar finish leaves everyone feeling empty.

"When you get behind and don't have a lead after six innings, it's tough," said manager Ken Macha. "When the starter g...