The story Friday night should have been Domonic Brown. The hottest hitter on the Phillies roster belted two more home runs in the team’s 8-5 loss to the Brewers, putting a stamp on the notion that he’s finally arrived.

But the story Friday was Cole Hamels.

There’s no question Hamels was not at his best Friday night. But at the heart of his ugly five-inning, 12-hit, seven-run performance was a series of events that sums up this season. A dink, a dunk, an RBI single here and a solo home run there, and suddenly the game turned ugly.

“The game of baseball is very funny,” Hamels said. “Just with the situation I have to deal with, I don’t have a lot of control over certain aspects of the game.”

With the loss, Hamels falls to 1-9. His ERA rose to 4.86. With two more losses, he’ll tie his career high at 11, which he achieved in a similarly dreadful 2009 and a mediocre 2010 campaign.

The Phillies failed in their quest to post a winning record in May for the 11th straight year, the setback securing an 14-14 mark in the month.

“Definitely it’s different,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Hamels’ luck. “I would’ve never figured he’d have this much trouble winning a game, of course. You watch it, and you see things that happen in the game. ... It’s hard to believe sometimes.”

For a few minutes Friday, everything started out so nicely.

Hamels breezed through the top of the Brewers’ order, which has been potent offensively. After sitting them down in order, Brown strode to the plate in the first and hit a screaming three-run home run over the right-field wall to give Hamels an early cushion.

The lead was Hamels’ first since April 7. The homer was Brown’s 14th on the season, which tied him for the National League lead. His solo home run in the sixth thrusted him into the NL lead and gave him 12 homers for May. He has eight home runs in the last 11 days.