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Westbrook Deals Phillies a Losing Hand

Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
WP – Jake Westbrook (12-8, 3.62)
LP – Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.85)
SV – Jason Motte (26)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies manufactured an early first inning run, a good start for Cliff Lee.

In fact, Lee was dealing a spectacular outing against the Cards, having retired 12 straight batters through innings 2-5. But one swing from Matt Holliday changed that in the 6th and it was all Jake Westbrook and St. Louis needed in a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Lee was absolutely on his best stuff through the first five innings. It changed in the blink of an eye, though.

Jon Jay led off the 6th with a single and Allen Craig followed it up with a double to put runners on second and third. Holliday then took Lee’s 1-2 fastball deep for a three-run homer to give the Cards a 3-1 lead.

Westbrook coasted the rest of the way with the lead, shutting the Phillies down through 7 2/3 innings. He gave up only one run, an RBI on a Ryan Howard ground out, on four hits and two walks while striking out three.

2B: Frandsen (1).

Boxscore.

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Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 45-28, 1st in NL East; STL: 40-33, 1st in NL Central

When: June 21-23
Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.56) vs Kyle McClellan (6-3, 3.96)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (7-5, 3.12) vs Kyle Lohse (7-3, 2.88)
Thursday: Roy Oswalt (4-5, 3.38) vs Chris Carpenter (1-7, 4.47)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 8:15, PHL 17
Wednesday, 8:15, CSN
Thursday, 8:15, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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Phillies fail to score for Cliff Lee. Again.

Same song, different verse.

For the sixth straight time, the Phillies failed to give Cliff Lee the run support he needed as they fell to the Cardinals 3-1. Cliff Lee is now winless in his sixth straight start, and the Phillies have now lost a season high three straight games.

The feeble Phillies lineup, that included Wilson Valdez batting second and Raul Ibanez batting third, mustered just one run on four hits off Jake Westbrook. To put it in perspective, two of those hits came from the same player (Jimmy Rollins), and one came from Lee. Going into the game Westbrook had an ERA of 6.20, but the Phillies made him look like the 2012 NL Cy Young award winner.

The other hit came gave the Phils the early 1-0 lead as Ben Francisco hit a RBI single to left that scored John Mayberry Jr. from second. It was the first run the Phillies had scored while Cliff Lee was pitching since April 14th. Pete Orr prevented the Phils from scoring any more runs in the inning by grounding into a fielder’s choice and then getting picked off at first.

The Cardinals would tie it up in the bottom of the fourth inning on a line drive RBI single by Nick Punto that scored Matt Holiday from third. The Cards would take the lead on another line drive single to right field, this time by Ryan Theriot. Lance Berkman scored, but Yadier Molina was called out at home on a great play by Chooch to end the inning.

Both Holiday and Berkman, who scored the two runs in the inning, were walked back to back by Cliff Lee. Lee was very un-Lee like, walking six batters in the game. Going into tonight’s game he had walked just seven batters, but tonight’s six walks was a career high for Lee. Before tonight, Lee’s strikeout to walk ratio was 9:1, but his ratio tonight was 4:6. His inability to find home plate umpire Gerry Davis’ strike zone not only put runners on base, but drove Lee’s pitch count up to 122 and forced him out of the game with one out in the seventh inning despite allowing just three runs.

The Cardinals tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on Jon Jay’s line drive single to center that scored Punto and ended Lee’s night. Michael Stutes relived Lee and forced Albert Pujols into a double play to end the inning and prevent any further damage.

The Phillies conclude their series at St Louis tomorrow at 8:15 with Roy Oswalt making his first start since coming off the DL.

2B: Rollins (8)

WP: Westbrook (3-3)  LP: Lee (2-4)  S: Salas (4)

Series Preview: at St. Louis Cardinals

PHI: 25-14, 1st in NL East; STL: 22-19, 2nd in NL Central

When: May 16-17
Where: Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.78) vs Jake Westbrook (2-3, 6.92)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (3-1, 3.33) vs. Jaime Garcia (5-1, 1.89)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 8:15, PHL 17
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