Cliff Lee joined elite company tonight as he became the third pitcher in Major League Baseball history to have two separate months of at least five wins, no losses and an ERA under 1.00. The other two players….Walter Johnson and Bob Gibson. Let that sink it for a moment. Lee won his fifteen game of the season in a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds tonight. Ryan Madson recorded the final out of the game to pick up his 25th save of the year. Hunter Pence hit his 18th home run of the season while Carlos Ruiz had three hits in the win. Reds starter Dontrelle Willis pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three runs, five hits, struck out six, but walked five in defeat. The teams wrap up the series tomorrow at 12:35 with Vance Worley taking on Mike “Macys” Leake.
The Phillies got the scoring started in first inning. Willis walked Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco to lead off the game. Chase Utley would ground into a fielders’ choice to set up a 1st and 3rd with one out situation for Ryan Howard. Howard got his 103rd RBI of the season when Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips couldn’t find the first base bag on the feed from the shortstop Paul Janish. With Dontrelle Willis really struggling with his command, the Phillies had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning. Unfortunately, Victorino popped out and Polanco grounded out to end the inning. Hunter Pence added an insurance run with a solo home run to right center in the top of the sixth inning. Chase Utley had an RBI in the seventh inning on a fielders’ choice. The Reds’ only scoring chance came in the ninth inning. After recording the first two outs, Lee allowed a double, a walk, and then hit Miguel Cairo. Ryan Madson came in to face pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso and got him to foul out to third to end the game.
-Did you read that stat in the first paragraph? Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, Cliff Lee. WHAT??!?!?!?!
-Hunter Pence has 7 home runs in 27 games as a Phillie, 11 home runs in 100 games as an Astro
-The Phillies need to go 16-14 the rest of the year for Hunter Pence to equal his win total with the Astros
-I understand Lee’s a pitcher, but Cliff, run the ball out when you hit it.
-I get that Lee was at 117 pitches, but I would have gave him one more batter.
-Very small crowds in Cincinnati. I understand they are out of it, but you figure a team with Votto, Bruce, Phillips, and Chapman would be fun to watch. Joey Votto is worth the price of admission himself.
-Reds catch a break tomorrow with Vance Worley….he hasn’t lost since May.