"I made too many mistakes early in the count, especially the first couple of innings; one to Ichiro just a lazy changeup, and Ozuna the next inning, you can't give up extra-base hits to lead off innings," Hellickson said.
In four previous starts in Miami, Hellickson was 0-0 with a 2.49 ERA, and over eight previous career starts, Hellickson was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the Fish. He struck out 33 and walked 12 in 48 innings.
"You've just got to battle," Hellickson said. "Not every game's going to go how you want it. You've got to just keep grinding, keep making good pitches. Tonight was an example of that."
He yielded single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against the team with which he has somewhat of a history.
"It's my fifth start against them [this year]," he said. "So I have an idea what I want to do, they have an idea of what I want to do. I just left too many balls up there early in the game."
But the Phillies didn't offer up any help offensively. They were shut out for the ninth time this season, and fourth over their last 15 games.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Phillies on Wednesday.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.