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Brother-Lee Love

On Brad Lidge Bobble Head Night, it wasn’t Lidge who finished the game. All 45,356 rose to their feet anticipating the final out of Cliff Lee’s complete game. With the Phillies 8-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Lee has won seven consecutive games.

With Lee and Dan Haren on the mound, the game was expected to be a pitchers’ duel. Lee did his part, but the Phillies rocked Haren. Normally, the Diamondbacks play shaky defense, but all six runs that Haren allowed were earned.

After a couple missed opportunities in the first two innings, the Phillies got on the board in the third on Chase Utley’s two-run¬†home run. With the homer, the Phillies now have four players with at least 25 home runs: Howard (31), Werth (27), Ibanez (27), and Utley (25).

In the fourth inning, the Diamondbacks manufactured a run without a hit. Ryan Roberts grounded to Pedro Feliz, but the ball went under his glove for a two-base error. Roberts moved to third on a grounder to the right side of the infield, and Stephen Drew’s sacrifice fly put the D-backs on the board. The perfect game and shutout ended, but Lee still had the no-hitter working.

For the second time in four starts, Lee took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Chad Tracy broke up the no-hit bid on a line drive up the middle.

The Indians did not provide Lee with much run support, but he received plenty tonight. Ryan Howard’s opposite field, three-run homer gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead. Before the Liberty Bell could stop ringing and the fans could sit down, Jayson Werth took the first pitch deep off the ivy in center field. Werth homered again in the seventh inning.

As he stepped into the batter’s box in the eighth, fans knew that Lee would be attempting the complete game. After a big hack on the first pitch, Lee dribbled a hit down the third base line. Mark Reynolds hoped it would roll foul, but Lee hustled out the single. It was his second hit of the night; the same amount of hits he allowed.

Lee struck out 11 batters, tying a career high. He improved to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.82 with the Phillies. His complete game is his second with the Phillies, and fifth of the season. The only run he allowed was unearned, and he did not walk a batter. Lee has gone at least seven innings in each and every of his starts with the Phillies. A tremendous addition to the Phillies, Lee is quickly becoming a fan favorite, and deservedly so.

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  1. Harry And Whitey

    August 20, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Lee is a beast.

  2. Myers' Liars

    August 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Lee is Filthy, absolutely dirty.

  3. Paul

    August 20, 2009 at 12:18 am

    How impressive is Cliff Lee?! He looks like he is total control when out on the mound.

  4. Myers' Liars

    August 20, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Cliff Lee is rumored to have given birth to Chuck Norris

  5. phil

    August 20, 2009 at 12:23 am

    i bought a cliff lee throw back shirt sat…today was an amazing day to wear it. hes a beast. can we say 2009 world fucking champions?

  6. chitown phillyfan

    August 20, 2009 at 12:42 am

    doc who?

  7. GWFightinsFan

    August 20, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Of course i’m pleased with the way Lee has pitched…but does anyone else think that maybe they shouldn’t keep him in deep in too many games, so as to not wear him out before the postseason?

  8. Becky

    August 20, 2009 at 12:55 am

    He only threw 106 pitches. That’s nothing more than a normal outing.

    P.S. I was at the game tonight and it was ELECTRIC. I haven’t heard it that loud since… WS game 5 maybe?

  9. Jeff

    August 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Cliff Lee is just a great pitcher. Yes the NL is easier for a pitcher with no dh. He is just nasty. He looks so confident on the mound. When he is pitching I feel we will win. Just score a few runs and watch him go. He loves playing here. You can see it on his face. I hope that JR. signs him to a 3 year extention after this season. Lee, Hamels, Blanton, Happ, Drabek. How good does that sound.

  10. Bruce

    August 20, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Everything seems to be going swimmingly well with the Phillies until one takes a closer look at the lineup and sees Ibanez is batting .239 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 31 games since coming off the disabled list.

    He looked particulary bad with his swings tonight striking out three times in going 1 for 4. One can’t help but wonder if he is not physically right. With some fickle fans in Philly, those cheers of “Rau-u-ul” may turn to boo-o-os before long. ūüėČ

  11. maxhole

    August 20, 2009 at 1:55 am

    best headline yet…

    becky, in the radio broadcast, an eruption of cheers came the moment howard’s bat cracked the ball. sounded surreal, something out of an old time movie. the fans, this team, gotta love it.

    and bruce good call. raul seems to be opening up in the shoulders too quickly, exposing the outer plate, the bat has to catch up to the rest of his swing. he used his legs a lot more pre AS break. watch his chest now, its open before the bat crosses the plate.

  12. Miles

    August 20, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I was skimming through the gameday thread and came across a few people getting on Pedro for his errors. PLEASE stop with this nonsense. He has been getting lit up with opportunities at the hot corner this year, so the errors are bound to pile up.

    In fact, the only 2 everyday 3rd basemen in the NL with better fielding percentages than Pete Happy are Kevin Kouzmanoff and Casey Blake. They are the ONLY two. Go look it up. The guy is an outstanding defensive 3rd basemen.

  13. Mazinman

    August 20, 2009 at 2:42 am

    You know you have an Ace on your hands when Utley hits a two run home run and your first thought immediately afterward is “its over.” Lee is on an unbelievable run right now. If he could pull off pitching 3 times in a 7 game series then I am feeling really good.

    Good night all around. We get to see Lee dominate again, our lead is back over 5 games in the East, and we moved a bit closer to the Dodgers.

  14. ryan

    August 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

    ruben amaro is god.

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  16. Jim

    August 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

    GWFightinsFan has it right – this team is going to make the playoffs and the pitchers need to be managed as such. If the Phils were leading by less than 4 runs then I’d much rather leave Lee in then put Lidge out there. Considering they’ve had an off day and then the Martinez-Moyer game, the bullpen is relatively fresh. And beyond the 106 pitches he threw during the game there are a bunch of warmup pitches before each inning. Apparently he’s never pitched into the postseason before so keeping the workload during the season down would seem to be beneficial.

  17. Bob

    August 20, 2009 at 7:34 am

    The fans have been tremendous, all season long. The support that this team has received, even in the terrible stretches at home has been nothing short of outstanding, home and away. I definitely got chills when Lee came up to bat in the 8th and when he pitched in the 9th.

    Cliff Lee just WOW! 106 strikes only 25 for balls! I am in awe watching him pitch, just wait until Hamels gets back to form.

    3 words…..LONG TERM DEAL!!! Get it done Ruben!

  18. Havoc

    August 20, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I wouldn’t worry too much about Lee getting rest. Pitchers like to get their work in and when we hit September if the division race is secured I’m sure that Lee, Happ, & Blanton will get some extra rest since they’ve thrown so many innings.

  19. Seth

    August 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Lee looked absolutely phenomenal last night.. when you throw 106 pitches and 81 of them are for strikes, you know you’re doing good work.. I also heard that the total amount of time he spent on the mound from the first pitch to the last pitch of the inning throughout all 9 innings was like 44 minutes.. That’s getting out there, doing your job, getting outs and keeping your rhythm going..

    All I can say is that we made the right choice by NOT signing Halladay and bringing Lee to the club! Let’s keep it up Phightins’! Let’s hope Blanton has another good outing tonight and he gets some more good run support!

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  21. Keith E

    August 20, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Excellent game all around. AZ’s left fielder, Reynolds, looks lost out there. It’s a shame. Fun game!
    GO PHILS!!!

  22. Keith E

    August 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    edit: Roberts not Reynolds

  23. Keith E

    August 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    edit: Roberts not Reynolds
    GO PHILS!!!

  24. Russ K

    August 20, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Reynolds with the golden sombrero. I thought Lee did walk someone, didn’t he hit Ryal in the 8th….I think he him 0-2.

  25. Ari

    August 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Has anyone else noticed that the bullpen hasn’t been used in 3 days now? Adding Lee and Martinez (especially at a time when the bullpen has been missing a few key guys with injuries) has been a well times move.

  26. joedad

    August 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I’m sure Halladay is less motivated after he wasn’t traded so boo-freaking-hoo for him.

    The Phils are set to take homefield advantage away from the Dodgers and run away from the division. Watching Lee brings me back to my days as a child watching Lefty dominate. I see no reason why he can’t continue to dominate in October.

  27. Bob

    August 20, 2009 at 10:40 am

    You know what’s amazing about Lee throwing 81 of 106 for strikes? Its not just that he threw strikes but the quality of strikes that he threw. That is even more amazing than the fact he threw 81 strikes.

    Lee was painting the corners! I dont care who the lineup is, you are not hitting that stuff.

  28. SDO

    August 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Dodgers are tanking fast, with the Rockies nipping at their heels 3 1/2 back. Ramirez is starting to look like a clunker now that he’s off the juice. Watch of for them Cardinals though, they are heating up with their bats and their two aces.

  29. cas

    August 20, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Roy who? But, let’s not go nuts. Remember when Lidge was so perfect last season and we extended his contract for 3 years and now we’re stuck with him? I’m not ready to talk contract extensions until Lee’s in the last year of his.

  30. beta sigma shag

    August 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I have to say it was a great game last night. I watched the Arizona feed on DVR after work. I like their announcers, funny, well educated and call a good game, They both now have man crushes on Lee. But really enough with the no hitter through six innings, the ball past Pete Happy would not have been called an error any where else in the world. The offical scored was trying to get a Lee a no hitter. i was actually hoping the diamondbacks would get a hit, because if they didn’t it would not be a real no hitter. I was positive they would change that offical ruling once they got another hit.
    I agree I think Raul might need a day or two off, I think he is pressing a little now, trying to hit the ball out of the park everytime, his one hit was a nice piece of hitting going to left field, but he does not seem comfortable up at the plate latly.

  31. klaidi

    August 20, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Guys. I think its kind of ridiculous to say “Roy who??” roy Halladay is Ray Halladay. He is one of the best in baseball for 10 yrs now. Cliff Lee is been amazing and Im very happy for us, but not long time ago (2007 as i remember )he was sent to the minors cuz he was BAD and his ERA was 6+. He has got a long way to go to reach Roy Halladay’s level! But still, he has worked great 4 us and i hope he keeps rollin, even though you cannot expect this kind of performance everyday!!!

    Dont get me wrong! He is great, but roy halladay is different! (And one bad outing agains Bo-Sox doesnt mean he is not good!)

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