John Lannan needed 66 pitches to record five outs and allow six runs, digging the Phillies a deep hole in an eventual Wednesday and series sweep by the Reds. After losing Tuesday's resumed game, 1-0, in nine minutes, Cincinnati pasted the Phils, 11-2.
Mike Leake, who entered with a 9.33 ERA against the Phils, held them to three hits over seven frames while striking out seven and walking none.
It's baffling. The Phillies faced Bronson Arroyo, who had a 6.55 ERA against them. They faced Homer Bailey, who had a 5.29. And now Leake shuts them down for seven.
It's the first time the Phils have been swept this season. Cincy had lost five in a row entering the series.
The Phillies are 6-9, going three games under .500 for the first time in 2013. They've been outscored by 22 runs, third-worst in the NL (Marlins, Brewers).
It's the first time the Phillies have been swept by the Reds since 1996.
Corey Seidman was damn right when he said Monday morning that the Reds' two-hole hitter would be the key to the series. Zack Cozart keyed Monday's game-winning rally with a double. He then scored the winning run in Tuesday's two-day event. And for good measure, doubled to open the floodgates for the Reds in Game 3.
Cole Hamels vs. Adam Wainwright Thursday night at The Bank. Hamels needs to show something against a good offense. The Phillies' offense needs to prove they are more than a figment of our imagination.