One night after scoring eight runs and limiting the Cardinals to two hits, the Phillies flopped as Cliff Lee gave up five runs in just five innings and the offense was shut out in a 5-0 loss to the Red Birds.
But on Saturday, Lee was uncharacteristically wild — particularly in the third inning, when he walked the bases loaded.
With two outs in the frame, he allowed a line-drive single to Allen Craig that scored Pete Kozma and Shane Robinson. Yadier Molina and David Freese each followed with singles of their own to make it 4-0 before Lee finally struck out Daniel Descalso to end it. The left-hander needed 41 pitches to get through the inning.
Lee finished with a line of five innings, seven hits, five runs (all earned), five strikeouts and three walks. He gave up a long solo homer in the fifth to Carlos Beltran, who went deep on the Phillies for the third straight night.
But Lee could've pitched a gem in this one and it wouldn't have mattered.
The Phillies didn't pick up their first hit off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn until the fifth inning. It was the only hit Lynn allowed in seven frames, during which he fanned eight batters and walked three. Michael Young went 0 for 3 with three whiffs before managing to extend his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the ninth.
Excluding Friday's 8-2 romp over St. Louis, the Phillies have scored just 10 runs in their last seven games.
If you're looking for some positives, there was Phillipe Aumont, who didn't walk a batter for the first time all season. In two perfect innings, he struck out two and tossed 20 of 30 pitches for strikes.
There was also Freddy Galvis' impressive catch to lead off the game and rob Robinson of extra bases. But that's about it.
Sunday night, the Phillies will look to salvage a split when Kyle Kendrick squares off against Jake Westbrook.