The Philadelphia Phillies visited the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night for a quick two-game series. The Phillies were riding a three-game winning streak coming into Cleveland, by means of sweeping the New York Mets this past weekend.
However, the Indians’ hot bats continued to stroke at a furious pace, putting this game to an end quickly.
Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was hammered for eight earned runs; allowing nine hits without even escaping the fourth inning. The Indians received five two-run home runs from five individual players: Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Michael Brantley, Ryan Rayburn, and Lonnie Chisenhall. The Indians Collected 17 hits in route to a 14-2 victory over the Phils; bringing their run total to 33 in their last three games combined.
The Phillies offense supplied very little to the home run parade, Delmon Young being the only contributor from the team in an eight homer game. As a team, Philadelphia was able to generate seven hits; but without the power stroke, had very little to show for it. The Indians had already scored six runs after their first six hits. It took the Phillies six hits to generate just their second run of the game, occurring in the sixth inning.
Considering the Phillies just scored 18 runs in three games against the Mets this past weekend, Fightins’ fans take it easy on the offense. However, another implosion of Doc Halladay is something to be concerned about. Halladay had been progressing from his dreadful start, throwing 24 innings and only allowing four earned runs in his last three outings. Tonight’s massacre brings his ERA up over 6.0 and leaves every Phillies fan wondering: Which Doc will be operating every five games this season?