Cliff Lee was less than sharp and the Phillies’ offense continued to struggle in a series-opening 3-1 loss to the Cardinals.
Lee allowed three earned runs on six hits in 6 1-3 innings en route to his fourth loss of the season. He struck out four, while walking six (one-third of his walk total from the entire 2010 campaign). The six free passes are the most Lee has ever surrendered in a single game.
The Phils’ bats managed to produce just five hits, two of which came from Jimmy Rollins. Ben Francisco went 1-for-3, including an RBI single in the second inning. Ryan Howard finished 0-for-1 with three walks and John Mayberry stole his third bag of the season.
In their last three games, the Phils have just 12 total hits. They have scored three runs or fewer in 13 of their 15 losses this season.
Next up: The Phils attempt to get off the schneid as Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) hits the hill against the undefeated Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.89) on Tuesday.