The Phillies started Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the two games of their short set with the Indians. Cleveland scored 20 runs in the two games and the Phils scored exactly two more than they would have scored if they had sent you and 24 of your closest friends to Cleveland.
Last night the Phils got three hits, all singles, on their way to a 6-0 loss. The Phillies walked seven times in the game, but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, leaving two men on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
For the third straight start, Cliff Lee didn’t pitch very well. In last night’s game he allowed five runs over six innings. After throwing to a 1.52 ERA over his first three starts for the year, he’s thrown to a 6.00 ERA over his last three.
The Phillies are 12-16 on the year after losing 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians last night. The Indians take both games of the two-game set.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went six innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, both doubles. He struck out four.
Opponents have hit .325 against Lee over his last three starts and the Phils have lost all three games.
He set the Indians down in order in the first.
Carlos Santana walked with one out in the second and went to third on a single by Ryan Raburn. Mike Aviles was next and flew to left for the second out. Santana tagged and scored from third to put Cleveland up 1-0. Yan Gomes flew to center to leave Raburn at second.
Michael Brantley singled with one out in the third and moved to second when Jason Kipnis followed with a walk. They both scored on a double by Asdrubal Cabrera, extending the Cleveland lead to 3-0. Mark Reynolds moved Cabrera up to third with an infield single before lee struck Santana out swinging for the second out. Raburn was next, though, and he reached on an infield single to make it 4-0 with men on first and second. Aviles flew to right to leave the runners stranded.
Brantley singled with two outs in the fourth, but Lee got Kipnis on a fly ball to center to leave him at first. Nix made a fantastic play for the second out in the frame, going over the wall to take a home run away from Drew Stubbs.
Reynolds reached second on a two-base error by Rollins with one out in the fifth. Raburn was next and doubled to right, scoring Reynolds to make it 5-0. Aviles flew to center to leave Raburn at second.
Reynolds ball was hit hard, but right at Rollins at short. He just didn’t handle it and it bounded out into to center. Revere had a long run to get to it and Reynolds ran hard all the way to wind up at second, just ahead of Revere’s throw and Utley’s tag.
Lee kept the Indians off the board in the sixth despite one-out singles by Stubbs and Brantley.
Horst started the seventh. Santana and Raburn singled back-to-back with one out, putting runners on first and second. Aviles flew to center for the second out, but Gomes was next and loaded the bases on an infield single on a ball deflected by Horst. Stubbs followed and he reached on an infield single as well. Santana scored and it was 6-0. Brantley popped to Rollins to leave the bases loaded.
Four hits in inning for the Indians. Three of them were infield singles and the other, Raburn’s, was softly hit to left.
Horst has been charged with a run in three straight appearances, although the run was unearned in the first of the three. Opponents are hitting .347 against him for the year.
Aumont pitched the eighth. He allowed an infield single and hit a batter, but kept Cleveland off the board.
Aumont was pitching for the second day in a row. He has a 1.96 ratio to go with his 3.12 ERA and has hit two batters in 8 2/3 innings.
Overall the pen went two innings, allowing a run on five hits and no walks. Aumont has thrown two days in a row. He threw 21 pitches in the game and Horst threw 22.
The Phillie lineup against righty Trevor Bauer went (1) Rollins (2) M Young (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) D Young (6) Brown (7) Ruiz (8) Nix (9) Revere. Rollins leads off against the righty with a .305 on-base percentage against righties for the year. He’s had one year since the end of 2008 in which he’s on-based better than .332 against righties — he on-based .360 against right-handed pitching in 2011. Nix in right with Mayberry on the bench against the righty. Delmon Young at DH again.
Rollins and Utley both walked in the top of the first, but Rollins was caught stealing for the first out, Michael Young stuck out for the second and Howard struck out for the third.
Not a big fan of the attempted steal by Rollins given that Bauer walks everyone and hadn’t gotten an out in the game yet.
The Phillies went in order in the second.
Down 1-0, Nix walked to start the third. Revere was next and bunted, but the pitcher Bauer fielded and threw to second in time to get Nix for the first out. Revere stole second and moved up to third when Rollins flew to center for the second out, but was left at third when Young struck out looking.
Utley walked to start the fourth with the Phils down 4-0. Howard flew to right for the first out and Delmon Young grounded out second with Utley forced at second for the second. Brown moved Young up to second with a single to right, but Bauer struck Ruiz out swinging to leave both runners stranded.
Nix and Revere walked back-to-back to start the fifth, but the Phils went in order behind them.
Righty Bryan Shaw started the sixth for the Indians with the Phils down 5-0. Delmon Young walked with one out and moved up to second on a bloop single into left-center by Brown. Ruiz and Nix both struck out to leave the runners on first and second.
Revere singled off of Shaw to start the seventh. Rollins was next and grounded to second, but Revere avoided the tag of Kipnis and the throw to first was too late to get Rollins. It left men on first and second with nobody out, but Michael Young hit into another double-play and lefty Rich Hill came in and got Utley to ground to second to end the frame.
Nothing for the Phils after putting men on first and second with nobody out.
Down 6-0, the Phillies went in order in the eighth. Hill got Howard on a fly ball to center for the first out. Righty Joe Smith took over after that and struck Delmon Young and Brown out back-to-back.
Righty Cody Allen got Ruiz, Nix and Revere in the ninth.
Three hits in the game for the Phililes, all singles. Two for Brown and one for Revere. They walked seven times.
Rollins 0-for-3 with a walk. 0-for-6 with a walk in the two-game set. 252/310/383 for the year.
Michael Young 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 0-for-7 with a walk in the series and 326/396/400 on the season.
Utley 0-for-2 and walked twice. 1-for-5 with two walks and a home run in the series. 290/345/520 for the year. 338/390/581 against righties and 154/214/346 against lefties.
Howard 0-for-4. 1-for-8 with a double and two strikeouts in the set. 273/286/444. Three walks on the season total. He’s also hitting .154 and slugging .346 against lefties — 154/185/346.
Delmon Young 0-for-3 with a walk. 2-for-6 with a walk and a home run in the series.
Brown 2-for-4. 2-for-7 with a walk in the series. 244/317/378 for the year.
Nix 0-for-2, walked twice and took a homer away from Stubbs in the fourth. 250/321/417 for the season.
Revere 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. 1-for-6 with a walk in the series.
Kendrick (2-1, 2.41) faces righty Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) tonight in Philly as the Phils face the Fish. Kendrick threw a complete game shutout in his last start as the Phils topped the Mets 4-0. He allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings in his first start of the year. Since then he’s made three starts in which he’s thrown to a 1.29 ERA with an 0.96 ratio. Righties are hitting 206/242/254 against him for the season. Since the end of 2010, Kendrick has made 76 appearances, 45 of which are starts, in which he has thrown to a 3.48 ERA overall and 3.47 ERA in his 45 starts. Roy Halladay’s ERA in his starts since the end of 2010 is 3.48. The 24-year-old Sanabia has had two bad starts and three good ones. In the stuff to work on category, he’s walked 16 in 29 2/3 innings and lefties are hitting 340/468/560 against him on the season.