Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee combined for an 11.74 ERA in the Phillies' two games vs. the Indians.
The Phillies' offense in both contests (two runs) was outscored by the Indians' first inning (four runs) of Tuesday's game.
Those two sentences tell the story of the Phillies' trip to Cleveland. After being clobbered, 14-2, by the Indians on Tuesday, the Phillies lost another bad game to Cleveland on Wednesday, 6-0.
It's the fourth time the Phillies have been shut out this season.
The Phillies worked 12 three-ball counts and seven walks on Wednesday, yet, could not score. In the two games against the Indians, the Phillies went 3 for 25 (.120) with runners on base. They also finished Wednesday's loss 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Lee, however, pitched much better than what his final line indicates. A night after the Indians connected for seven home runs, Cleveland did its damage with seven infield singles.
With Carlos Santana trucking his way home in the second inning after tagging up on a fly ball, Domonic Brown fired a one-hop throw on the money to beat him there, but Ruiz could not handle it as the Indians took a 1-0 lead.
Lee then allowed three runs on four hits — three of which came in the infield — in the third inning. With two on (via bunt single, walk), Asdrubal Cabrera delivered the only well-struck ball in the third frame for Cleveland, lining a two-run double down the left-field line.
Lee was done after six innings (5 R, 4 ER, 103 P).
The Indians' starters this series, Zack McAllister and Trevor Bauer, came in with eight combined major-league victories. Halladay and Lee entered with 328.
For the Phillies (12-16), the woeful Marlins (8-20) are up next, and they'll be a welcomed sight for four games at Citizens Bank Park. Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Thursday — Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 2.41)
Friday — Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35)
Saturday — Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50) vs. Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.78)
Sunday — Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.15) vs. Roy Halladay (2-3, 6.75)