There's plenty of blame to go around for the Phillies' 5-0 loss in a crucial rubber match Sunday against the Mets.
Cliff Lee, he was very hittable. Three Mets took him deep, including David Wright and Marlon Byrd on back-to-back bombs in the first inning. Juan Lagares basically sealed New York's win with a three-run shot in the fourth.
Harvey is now 4-0 in five career starts against the Phillies (49-50). In 33 1/3 innings, he's given up just four runs (1.08 ERA) and 15 hits while striking out 38 and walking eight. Rumors are he gives up runs from time to time — his season ERA sits at 2.23 — but just not against the Phils.
Lee entered the game with a 7-1 record following a loss this year, and the Phillies needed him to be great on Sunday. He was not. He's now allowed seven home runs in his last two games to the Nationals and Mets (43-51). He dropped to 10-4 on the year and his ERA rose to 3.05.
The Phillies rarely threatened. Chase Utley reached on a hit by pitch in the first inning and advanced to second on a passed ball with two outs, but Domonic Brown struck out. Again in the fourth, Utley picked up the Phils' first hit with one out before Brown struck out again and Delmon Young flied out.
Domonic Brown struck out a career-high four times on the afternoon.
Out of the 'pen, Antonio Bastardo and Jonathan Papelbon tossed scoreless frames.
It gets no easier for the Phillies they begin a three-game set in St. Louis on Tuesday. Here are the pitching matchups:
Pettibone (5-3, 3.89) vs. Shelby Miller (9-6, 2.92)
Wednesday: John Lannan (2-3, 3.76) vs. Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88)
Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) vs. Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13)