PHILADELPHIA (92.3 The Fan) – When the Indians beat up the Phillies on the final day of April and first of May by a combined score of 20-2, they seemed to do just about everything right.
Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the Tribe did little right, as the Phillies did enough to earn a 6-2 win to drop the Indians to 21-17 on the year.
Scott Kazmir started for the Indians, and coming off an outing in which he had 10 K’s in six innings in a 9-2 win over the A’s, the Phillies were able to do enough to knock him out after five plus innings.
“I was just pretty much fighting myself the whole game, I never really got into a rhythm,” Kazmir said.
Philadelphia hit a pair of solo homer, the first on a 1-2 pitch to Kevin Frandsen in the first inning to give Phillies a quick 1-0 lead.
The second was his final pitch of the night, as after the Phillies built a 3-2 lead with two in the fourth, Dominic Brown belted his 7th homer of the year on a liner to right to start the 6th to make it 4-2.
Kazmir threw 96 pitches, 60 for strikes, and went five plus, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks, three K’s and the two homers. He also hit two batters.
“I felt like there was a lot of things I wish I had back, but that’s pitching,” Kazmir said. “Just got to look at the game film and clean up whatever happened today.”
The Tribe lefty takes the loss to fall to 2-2 on the season, and his ERA is now at 5.33.
The Indian offense that put up 20 in two games vs the Phils, was held to two runs, and they both came in the second inning off Philadelphia starter Jonathan Pettibone.
Nick Swisher singled, and then Carlos Santana doubled down the left field line. Both runners scored when Michael Brantley singled to center to make it 2-1.
For Brantley it was RBI numbers 14 and 15.
While it was the only two runs the Indians put up, it wasn’t the only time they put runners in scoring position.
They had a shot to add to the lead in the third when the game may have changed against the Indians for good.
With two outs and Jason Kipnis on second after a walk and steal, Pettibone hit Swisher and Santana in back-to-back at-bats, to set up Mark Reynolds with the bases loaded.
The Indians slugger put a pop up down the first base line, and with his back to the plate, Phillies first basemen Ryan Howard tried to make the catch, and the ball bounced off his glove.
First base ump Dan Iassogna called it a foul ball. On the replay, it was close, and while Terry Francona came out to discuss the call, he didn’t argue long.
“I couldn’t tell, I just saw the ball land and it landed foul,” Reynolds said. “I couldn’t tell if it was in his glove or not.”
Reynolds still had a shot to make Pettibone pay, but instead hit a weak pop out to second to end the threat, and stop the Indians from extending the lead.
“I have to be able to put a better swing on the ball than that,” Reynolds said.
Philadelphia took the lead for good in the fourth when centerfielder John Mayberry Jr. doubled to deep center after Brown singled and catcher Carlos Ruiz walked.
Both runners scored to make it a 3-2 game.
The Indians pen of Byran Shaw and Rich Hill gave up two more Phillies runs in the 8th to put any hopes of an Indians comeback away to make it 6-2 Philadelphia.
The short two-game set wraps up on Wednesday afternoon with a 1:05pm start. Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64) goes for the Indians vs lefty Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18) for the Phillies.
The Tribe is then off Thursday, and they will start a wrap around four-game set vs Seattle at home starting on Friday.