Jake Arrieta's struggles continue for Phillies
Jake Arrieta stumbled through five innings on Tuesday, surrendering six runs as the Yankees notched a 6-0 shutout over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The effort inflated his ERA to 6.66 in five starts this month.

If the Phillies expect to contend, Arrieta needs to perform better.

"I have 100 percent confidence that the next time out he's going to be the Jake that we believe in and depend on," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said afterward.

Cesar Hernandez committed an error in the third inning on an almost guaranteed double-play ball that led to three unearned runs, but Arrieta's lack of command played a role too.

"The ball is getting hit, that's it," Arrieta said afterward. "Making mistakes, too many mistakes. I was throwing quality breaking balls early in the count and then when I needed to go back to a similar spot or a little bit lower in the strike zone or out of the strike zone, I just put it too much in the zone and they hit it."

On the other side, Luis Severino was masterful for the Yankees surrendering six hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and made the Phillies look silly at the plate at times.

"He was as dirty as possibly could be," Kapler said. "He had a lot of life on the fastball. It was difficult to catch up to. The hitters knew it was going to be on top of them. He just had a little extra life today."

The Phillies will look to avert a sweep on Wednesday with Zach Eflin on the hill. He'll oppose Luis Cessa who is making his first start of the season for the Yankees.
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