The Lowe-down on Phillies Loss to Braves

Derek Lowe had a no-hitter going against the Phillies until the seventh inning on Friday night. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

The injuries are starting to mount for the Phillies who had another busy day in medical land.

After Friday’s 5-0 loss to the visiting Atlanta Braves, righthander Roy Oswalt was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27. Righthander Scott Mathieson was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

Placido Polanco fouled a ball off his right big toe in the seventh inning and left the game. The x-rays were negative.

And of course the Phillies had a bad case of ailing bats, amassing two hits off four Braves pitchers. Derek Lowe, with a bad blister on his foot, set the tone with six no-hit innings before Shane Victorino led off the seventh inning with a single.

Most of all, the Phillies wasted a 16-strikeout performance by Cliff Lee, who also allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings.

The Phillies are 21-10 and in five of the losses they have scored one or fewer runs.

Lee continues to be hurt by lack of run support.

Here are Lee’s last three games

May 6 – 5-0 loss to Atlanta, 3 runs allowed in seven innings, 16 strikeouts.

May 1 – no decision in a 2-1 loss in 14 innings to the NY Mets. Lee allowed one earned run in seven innings and had five strikeouts.

April 25 – 4-0 loss at Arizona. Lee allowed four earned runs in seven innings, while striking out 12.

The lack of support has to be frustrating but Lee won’t throw his team under the bus.

“I don’t have a hit all year,” he pointed out when asked about his team’s offensive effort.

Most of all, the Braves may not feel like they stole one, but this is the type of game they have to win if they are going to be a legitimate challenger to the Phillies in the N.L. East.

Lowe summed things up best on a wild night at Citizens Bank Park.

“If you can come in here and win a game where their pitcher strikes out 16 in seven innings, you have to take that as an accomplishment in itself,” Lowe said.

That’s for sure.

Lee felt there were pitches he left up in the zone and that the Braves capitalized on them. He feels he can truly improve. Now the question is can the offense do the same?


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