Instant Replay: Cardinals 5, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Cardinals 5, Phillies 0

April 20, 2013, 10:00 pm
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The Phillies just can’t get all three of their high-priced starting pitchers on track at the same time.

Two nights after Cole Hamels delivered his second straight solid outing and one night after Roy Halladay held the Cardinals to two hits over seven innings, Cliff Lee allowed four runs in the third inning and five runs total over five laborious innings. Staked to a sizable lead, St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn cruised, allowing just one hit in a 5-0 Cardinals win.

The loss drops the Phillies to 7-11. The Cards improve to 10-7.

Starting pitching
Lee entered the night with the best strike percentage and first-pitch strike percentage in all of baseball. But he threw first-pitch strikes to just 13 of 24 batters and needed 42 pitches to get out of the third inning.

Lee walked three Cardinals in the third. It was his first time walking three in an inning since Sept. 15, 2009 against Washington.

He nearly escaped damage, as the Cards had men on first and second when Carlos Beltran made the second out. But Lee then walked Matt Holliday, and Allen Craig, Yadier Molina and David Freese followed with RBI singles.

Using mostly a fastball, Lynn was filthy from start to finish. He didn’t allow his first and only hit until the bottom of the fifth, when John Mayberry doubled.

Lynn’s final line read: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Entering the game, lefties were 9 for 28 off Lynn this season. Phillies lefties went 0 for 13.

Bullpen report
If only Phillippe Aumont could show such accuracy in high-pressure situations.

Aumont pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts in relief of Lee, with 20 strikes on 30 pitches.

Jeremy Horst and Joe Savery, in his season debut, followed with scoreless innings.

The offense
The Phillies hit three balls hard: Mayberry’s double, an Erik Kratz blast that died at the warning track in center and a Domonic Brown lineout.

The first five batters in the Phils’ order were a combined 1 for 17.

In the field
Freddy Galvis is a Gold Glove-caliber fielder no matter where you put him. Galvis made a tremendous running, jumping catch at the left field wall on a Shane Robinson flyball to start Saturday’s game.

It was just Galvis’ third professional start in left field, yet he looks like a more seasoned corner outfielder than anyone on the roster.

Brown made his first start of the year in right field. He had an awkward play in the bottom of the seventh, when he caught a deep fly by David Freese but lost the ball after banging into the out-of-town scoreboard. The ball fell but the out-call stood.

Milestone for Beltran
Beltran homered for the third straight game to give him 30 all-time against the Phillies. He now sits alone as the active leader in homers vs. the Phils.

Beltran was just 3 for 19 off Lee entering the night.

A true Phillie-killer
Molina continues to destroy Phillies pitching. He’s 6 for 8 in the series and is now hitting .481 against the Phillies since 2010, with 11 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs in 22 games. He has 37 hits and has made 40 outs over that span. Kind of absurd.

Add in his stellar defense behind the plate and Molina might just be the Phils’ biggest current nemesis.

What’s next
The four-game series wraps up tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. with Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.38) opposing fellow sinkerballer Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00).

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