Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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Instant Replay: Indians 6, Phillies 0

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CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer overcame six walks in five innings to win his second major-league game, and the Indians completed a sweep of their two-game series with the Phillies with a 6-0 win at Progressive Field.

The Indians outscored the Phillies 20-2 and out-hit the Phillies 31-8 in the two games. Their starting pitchers had won eight combined major-league games coming into the series.

The Phillies are 5-1 vs. the Mets this year and 7-15 against everybody else.

One night after Roy Halladay got smacked around for eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings, the Phillies’ other former Cy Young Award winner, Cliff Lee, allowed five runs (four earned) and nine hits in six innings.

The Phils had two base runners in five of the first seven innings. From the fourth through seventh, they had two base runners in four straight innings. In the fifth and seventh, they had two on with no outs. But they were still blanked for the fourth time in their last 15 games. They’ve already been shut out more in 27 games this year than all of either 2006 or 2007.

The Phillies were 2 for 17 with runners on base Wednesday night and 3 for 25 in the two-game series. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position in the two games.

This is the first time since 1997 the Phillies have been shut out at least four times in their first 28 games.

Stat-o-holic
Bauer is the first pitcher to walk six batters vs. the Phillies without allowing a run since Jorge Sosa on Sept. 20, 2005 in a 4-1 Braves’ win. The last pitcher to walk six in five or fewer innings against the Phillies without allowing a run was Rex Barney of the Brooklyn Dodgers on May 2, 1948, in a 9-6 Dodgers’ win at Shibe Park.

Red hot
Has anybody ever been hotter than Ryan Raburn? The Indians’ rightfielder had four hits for the second time in three days. He was 7 for 9 in the series, and he’s 11 for 13 in his last three games, raising his average from .214 to .364.

Raburn is the first Indian with three or more hits in three straight games since Victor Martinez did it from Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, 2005.

Did you know?
When Jimmy Rollins was thrown out by Yan Gomes trying to steal second in the first inning, it was only the 14th time in the last four years he was thrown out. He’s now 80 for 95 since the start of 2010. Rollins’ career 82.9 percent success rate is seventh best in major-league history (minimum 200 attempts).

At the plate
The top five in the Phillies’ order were a combined 0 for 16. The Phils got a leadoff walk in four of the first five innings but couldn’t score.

Carlos Ruiz struck out three times for only the third time in 736 career games. He’s 1 for 12 since returning from his suspension. Ryan Howard went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 11 games.

Domonic Brown had two of the Phils’ three hits, and Ben Revere had the other.

Starting pitching report
Lee has now allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits in his last three starts (6.00 ERA). In his first three starts, he allowed five earned and 15 hits in 23 2/3 innings (1.90).

Bauer needed 93 pitches to get through five innings. He walked six, including four leading off an inning, and struck out five and allowed just one hit, Brown’s fourth-inning single.

Bullpen update
Jeremy Horst pitched the seventh, allowing four hits but just one run. Phillippe Aumont allowed two base runners in the eighth but didn’t give up a run.

For the Indians, Bryan Shaw, Rich Hill, Joe Smith and Cody Allen combined on four innings of two-hit relief.

In the field
Laynce Nix made a tremendous play in right field to rob Drew Stubbs of a fourth-inning homer. Nix leaped high with his back to the wall and snagged the ball before it sailed over the fence.

Raburn made a terrific leaping catch in right field in the top of the fourth to rob Howard of what would have likely been a double off the very top of the wall. Raburn then laughed as he stood and watched the replay on the huge screen in center field.

What’s next
The Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for three games against the Marlins.

Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35) faces Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) Friday and it’s Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78) vs. Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) Saturday. On Sunday, Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08) pitches against Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43).

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP

Phillies-Mets 5 things: Howard, Phils can spoil Mets' season

Phillies-Mets 5 things: Howard, Phils can spoil Mets' season

Phillies (70-89) vs. Mets (85-74)
7:05 p.m. on CSN

Just three games remain in the Phillies' season. After a 24-17 start, the season went predictably downhill. However, the Phils have a chance to play spoiler to a big-time rival with the New York Mets in town. Alec Asher is on the hill for the Phillies while Robert Gsellman faces the Phillies for a third times this year.

Here are five things to watch on Friday night.

1. End of the road for the Big Ticket
There are just three games left in Ryan Howard's tenure with the Phillies.

It's been a long ride for Howard. There'll be plenty on Howard this weekend (and there's a pregame ceremony for him on Sunday), but here are some of his stats from his 13 years in Philadelphia.

Howard has hit 381 home runs and has 1,192 RBI with the Phils. He has 10 seasons of at least 20 home runs and has a run of six straight seasons from 2006 to 2011, his first six full seasons, with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI. He twice walked more than 100 times in a season and he racked up 276 doubles.

The long-time first baseman has hit 47 home runs against the Mets, his second highest total against any team (52 vs. Atlanta). In 174 games, Howard has 157 hits and 73 walks against the Mets.

Howard goes into the weekend with 197 home runs at Citizens Bank Park. Overall, he's racked up 1,465 total bases at CBP. He has, however, struck out 880 times in 769 games there as well.

2. Playing spoilers
While the Phillies are firmly outside of the playoff race, the New York Mets are in the driver's seat for a wild card spot. The Phillies could have something to say about that.

The San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals both won on Thursday while the Mets were off. That leaves the Mets one game ahead of the Giants for the first wild card spot and two games up on the Cardinals for a playoff spot. 

If the Mets win two of three this weekend, they clinch homefield advantage in the Wild Card game on Wednesday. With one win, they guarantee that they cannot be eliminated this weekend. Their magic number is two to clinch a playoff berth, so a combination of wins and Cardinals' losses can get them into the postseason. 

The Phillies can throw a wrench into the Mets' gameplan with a strong showing this weekend. While they've lost six of seven, the Phillies will likely get up for games with playoff implications. Furthermore, the Mets have the incentive to clinch as soon as possible as to avoid needing Noah Syndergaard to pitch on Sunday, so they can hold him for the National League wild card game on Wednesday.

3. Asher closes out impressive month 
Asher has made four starts since coming up earlier this month and has been much more impressive than his late season stint in 2015. 

After going 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA last year, he's 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA. However, despite picking up a win last weekend against the Mets, he struggled late and left room for improvement. 

Asher began his start Saturday vs. the Mets with a perfect game through three innings. He worked around three baserunners in the fourth inning, but came unglued after a couple errors in the fifth inning. While poor defense is not his fault, it would have been a good sign if he could have picked up his defense. Instead, he barely made it through the inning after four unearned runs.

Normally, a team would look for length out of their starter when handed such a large lead, so Asher only making it through five is disappointing. He still hasn't allowed more than two earned runs and has induced plenty of weak contact with his two-seam fastball.

The Mets will be the first (and only) team he faces twice this season.

4. Third time the charm vs. Gsellman?
Gsellman will be making his seventh career MLB start on Friday and it will be his third against the Phillies.

In two starts against the Phils, Gsellman is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA over 13 innings. He has 13 strikeouts against them while allowing 10 hits and three walks. 

All four runs he allowed to the Phillies came in his first start. He had held the Phils to one run over six innings but departed after loading the bases with none out. The Mets' bullpen promptly allowed all three inherited runners to score.

On Sunday, Gsellman dominated, shutting out the Phils for seven innings. He allowed just five baserunners and struck out eight in the 17-0 win. 

The 23-year-old rookie has a 2.56 ERA through seven appearances in the majors. He started the season in Double A, but he will likely get a playoff start if the Mets gets to the Division Series.

5. This and that
• The Phillies have just two extra base hits in 50 plate appearances against Gsellman. They are hitting .222/.271/.267 against him. 

• Eight Phils have hits off Gsellman. Freddy Galvis is 2 for 5 with a double and Jimmy Paredes is 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. 

• Michael Conforto hit a home run off Asher last season. No Mets hitter has more than one hit against him, in part because none of them have faced him more than three times.

• The Phillies have 601 runs on the season, the fewest in baseball by 39 runs. The Mets have the fifth worst total with 659 runs.

• Jeanmar Gomez is 0-3 with a 19.13 ERA in September. He's allowed 18 runs (17 earned) in eight innings.