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Errors Doom Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies came into tonight’s inter-league game with a bad taste in their mouths. The bullpen imploded on Sunday afternoon, costing the Phils a sweep and Cole Hamels his first win of the season.

Tonight Cliff Lee looked to get the Phils back on the winning track against the Los Angeles Angels and local product Mike Trout. Lee would shutout the Angels through five, and the Phillies would jump on top in the fourth.

Ben Revere led off the inning with a single. Chase Utley then laced a triple down the line in right to send Revere home for a 1-0 lead. The next batter was Ryan Howard, and he pushed a single through the hole on the left side to plate Utley for a 2-0 lead.

Amidst a lot  of changes on the Phils bench, Cody Asche got the start tonight at third. He would have a rough go of it tonight, ultimately costing the Phillies four runs. Colin Cowgill led off the inning with a double to left field. After Trout struck out, Albert Pujols grounded sharply to Asche and the ball ate him up. Howie Kendrick then walked to load the bases.

Catcher Chris Iannetta then grounded to Asche, and Cody threw home attempting a force out. His throw home was a bit wide, pulling Carlos Ruiz off the plate and allowing Cowgill to score. Grant Green followed that with a sacrifice fly to Marlon Byrd in right to tie the game at 2-2.

The dagger came next when third baseman Luis Jimenez sent a line drive down the line in left for a double. Pujols and Iannetta both scored to make it 4-2 Angels. All four Los Angeles runs were unearned in the inning due to the errors by Asche. He misplayed another ball in the top of the seventh, giving him three for the game.

The Phillies pulled to within a run in the bottom of the seventh, starting with a Domonic Brown triple. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Ruiz to make it 4-3. That would be the final score.

Lee was gone after seven innings, allowing six hits and the four unearned runs. He struck out seven and walked just one. He was saddled with the loss tonight, through no fault of his own. His 2014 record fell to 3-4, with an earned run average of 3.23.

With the three errors tonight, Asche now has six on the year. It just wasn’t the 23 year old Asche’s night, putting his team behind the eight ball with the miscues. Lee made some good pitches to induce ground balls that should have been outs, but the errors put him on the wrong side of the box score.

The Phillies wrap up this short two game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 with A.J. Burnett on the bump. He’ll be opposed by Garrett Richards for Los Angeles.

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