CINCINNATI – This wasn’t just a loss. It was an embarrassing loss.
Listless and lifeless, the Phillies were pounded, 11-2, by the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night. The Phils were swept in the three-game series by a combined score of 16-4.
The Phils finished the six-game road trip with two wins and four losses. The offense was putrid as it scored just 10 runs in the six games.
The Phils did not score a run before the sixth inning on the entire trip.
Cincinnati out-hit the Phillies 15-6 in Wednesday night’s series finale. Two of the Phillies’ hits, including Freddy Galvis’ two-run home run, came in the eighth inning against Justin Freeman, who was making his big-league debut.
The Phils are now 6-9.
It gets no easier for the Phillies on Thursday night. They return home to face the St. Louis Cardinals and right-hander Adam Wainwright. He pitched a four-hit shutout, walked none and struck out 12 in his last start.
Starting pitching report
John Lannan allowed a total of eight hits in 13 innings over his first two starts of the season. In this game, he gave up eights in 1 2/3 innings. Four of them were for extra bases. Lannan allowed six runs, walked one and struck out none. In all, he faced 14 batters and 10 reached base.
Cincinnati’s Mike Leake pitched seven shutout innings, allowed three hits, no walks and struck out seven. Leake also chipped in with three hits and scored three runs. The right-hander had entered the game with a 9.33 ERA against the Phils in five starts.
Raul Valdes was tagged for six hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
At the plate
The Reds got home runs from Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart.
Galvis got the Phils on the board with a homer in the eighth.
The Phils struck out 24 times in the series and did not draw a single walk. Nineteen of the strikeouts came in the final two games.
The top of the order continued to struggle. Ben Revere went 0 for 4 as his batting average dipped to .194. Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 18 on the trip.
Domonic Brown left the game with a sore back. He said he felt something pop in his back when he dove for a ball in left field. He will have an MRI on Thursday.
After the game, Lannan admitted he pitched with a sore left knee that prevented him from pushing off the rubber. He will be checked by doctors on Thursday.
The Phils return home Thursday night to open a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Pitching matchups:
Thursday night – LHP Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.56) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05)
Friday night – RHP Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86)
Saturday night – LHP Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.52) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (2-0, 5.40)
Sunday night – RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) vs. RHP Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00)