This wasn't just a baseball game -- and another Phillies' loss -- it was a two-hour, 49-minute, nationally-televised infomercial supporting those who believe the sport needs an automated strike zone.

ESPN showed up to broadcast an early-season meeting between the Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday night and ended up with an unwanted star of the show -- home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Throughout the night, Hernandez drew the ire of both teams for his faulty strike zone. As the game went on, remaining tense and scoreless after eight innings, it was only a matter of time before someone went volcanic, and in the bottom of the ninth, it happened.

With one out in a one-run game, Hernandez rung up Kyle Schwarber on a full-count pitch that everything from the eyeball to the electronic data said was off the plate.

Schwarber had been victimized by Hernandez' interpretation of the strike zone three innings earlier. This time, he went ballistic, spiking his bat and helmet, raging at Hernandez and earning an ejection.

The Phillies ended up losing, 1-0, on a run in the top of the ninth. They wasted a gem by Aaron Nola in the process.

The Phils have lost four straight series since they took two of three to open the season against Oakland.

They are 6-10, have been shut out twice and held to one run three times.