In just four innings of work, Cliff Lee surrendered five earned on 10 hits en route to his seventh loss of the season, a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Padres.
This was Lee’s shortest start since going 3 1-3 innings against the Braves on April 8. He allowed four runs on four hits in the second frame, making an uncharacteristic mental error in the process. With runners on the corners, Lee took his time throwing over to first base, and the lax pace of the pickoff move allowed Chris Denorfia to steal home. Chase Headley hammered Lee’s next pitch over the head of Shane Victorino for an RBI double to give the Padres a 4-1 lead.
The offense was unable to string many hits together, and Victorino and Raul Ibanez finished the game as the only Phils with multiple knocks. In his sixth game since returning from the DL, Victorino bagged a pair of doubles and a triple, including an RBI two-bagger in the first.
Notes: Brad Lidge made his 2011 debut in style, contributing a perfect seventh inning. He struck out one and threw seven of 11 pitches for strikes. ... Mike Adams would probably look pretty good in red. The right-handed reliever, who has been mentioned as a possible deadline acquisition for the Phils, tossed a scoreless eighth. He threw 10 strikes in 12 pitches, striking out Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in dominant fashion. Serious command, outstanding slider. … The loss marks just the third time this season that the Phils have scored three or more runs with Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay or Cole Hamels on the mound, and failed to register a victory. The team is now 38-3 in such games.
Next up: Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) will take on Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90) and the first-place Giants tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park.