Cleveland Indians 6, Phillies 0

Indians (12-13), Phillies (12-16)

WP: Bauer (1-0, 2.70 ERA)

LP: Lee (2-2, 3.46 ERA)

Reasons you wish you had amnesia:

Cliff Lee was mortal, the offense impotent, an erratic opposing starter effective – all in the Phillies latest loss, 6-0, to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field tonight to cap a (sort of) series sweep.

If this counts as a sweep, it’d be their second so far (Apr. 15-17 in Cincinnati). They’ve now lost six of nine series so far – or every one they didn’t play against the Mets and Marlins.

The Phillies are four games under for the second time already, and for their second deepest hole.

Cliff Lee, Creaky

Cliff Lee just got beat tonight.

He surrendered five runs (four earned) in six innings tonight. Between Cleveland’s nine hits and two walks, he allowed 11 baserunners for the second time this year. He did only five times all of 2012.

He put pitches where he wanted to, hurling first-pitch strikes to 17 of 25 batters and 72 of 103 total.

But Cleveland hung three runs in the third, on five hits – two of them infield hits – and a base on balls. Asdrubal Cabrera rocketed a double to plate two with only one out, and with Lee and the Phillies one out away from safety, Ryan Rayburn muscled out an infield single to score another.

Jimmy Rollins booted a ball in the fifth that let reach Mark Reynolds, who scored later on a Rayburn double. Earlier, Mike Aviles sac flied in the third to score Carlos Santana to open it up.

After opening the year with a 1.52 ERA through three starts, Lee’s had 6.00 ERA stuff over the three since. It was the second time in three starts he’s surrendered four or more in six or fewer.

His last time out, Lee tossed 122 pitches. Hopefully that, and not Halladay 2.0, is what we’re seeing.

The Other Guy

Only once since May 2011 has a starter posted a night like Trevor Bauer did tonight.

He issued six walks for the second time in two starts, helping the Phillies work a man on base in four of his five innings. But he lineup mustered only one hit and couldn’t score.

In other words: Bauer was all over the place – yet so too were Phillies bats.

Bats in the Cave

Bauer gave the lineup chances.

Ben Revere made it to third on a Rollins pop-up for the second out in the third, but Bauer gassed Michael Young on four pitches.

In each of the fourth, fifth and sixth, the Phillies had men on first and second and even once reached third. No matter. Carlos Ruiz went down on strikes to wrap the fourth. Rollins, Young and Chase Utley popped out in straight at-bats to close the fifth. Ruiz and Nix went down on strikes in the sixth.

In all, an 0 for 10 night with men in scoring position with nine men stranded.

For the second night in a row, only Delmon Young logged multiple hits. Tonight, the Phillies 1-5 hitters were 0 for 16 with three walks and three strikeouts. Carlos Ruiz went 0 for 4 with 3 Ks.

Needing Relief

One bright spot: Phillippe Aumont struck out the side in the eighth and allowed only one baserunner. He’s been scoreless 9 of 10 outings spanning 7 2/3 innings and kept opponents off base in half.

Jeremy Horst served four hits in a one run seventh. He’s surrendered earned runs in 5 of 10 appearances so far with 13 hits to only six strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.


Kyle Kendrick kicks off a quick four-game stay at Citizens Bank Park against the Miami Marlins, sans Giancarlo Stanton, and RHP Alex Sanabia at 7:05 p.m. Then comes the Phillies first West Coast trip.