Top Moment No. 20: Lee Blanks LA in NLCS Game 3 – Phillies Nation

Top Moment No. 20: Lee Blanks LA in NLCS Game 3

Throughout the month, Phillies Nation will be counting down the Top 25 Phillies Moments of 2009. Moment #20: Cliff Lee fans 10 in 11-0 blowout over LA in Game 3

Put this one in the memory bank for 10, 20, or 50 years from now.  Allow it to impress upon your brain, because now that Cliff Lee has departed to cloudier pastures (the rainy northwest), it is this game that may conjure the most pleasantries.

He was here but for a minute (five months to be exact), yet in that short time frame, Lee made the most of it.  In Game 3 of the NLCS, following a dull performance in Game 2 by everyone not named Pedro Martinez, a surefire legend was in the midst of being consummated in South Philadelphia.  Cliff Lee detached the Dodgers limb by limb, going eight innings, while allowing just three hits, and striking out 10.  Try to fathom that, because it’s something that had NEVER happened before in playoff history.

Yep, Cliff Lee, by striking out 10 and walking none, while allowing nary a single Dodger to reach home plate, became the first pitcher in MLB Playoff history to achieve the feat.  Tom Seaver didn’t do it, Randy Johnson never did, only Clifton Lee has accomplished it.

Of course, the man needed some help from his friends – the offense – and he got that immediately.  The Phillies slapped on six runs through the first two frames, including a two-run triple compliments of Ryan Howard in the opening inning.  The Phillies never looked back, and they didn’t have to.  They were in good hands from start to finish.  After 114 pitches, Cliff Lee was through, but not before changing the direction of the series.  The Phils went up two-games-to-one, and polished off L.A. two games later to secure back-to-back NL Crowns.

And although Cliff Lee is now just a memory following his questionable trade to the Mariners, performances like this will forever make him a favorite in the hearts of Phillies fans.



  1. Tavian

    December 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    It is reported that the Phils offered Scott Eyre a minor league contract, according to Frankly, if I were Scott Eyre, I would turn it down, just as he did. He is worth more than that. Seems like it is somewhat of an insult, like the Phils saying:” we don’t really need you but if you want to pitch for us we could use the help in the Lehigh Valley.” Eyre will be 39 in the spring. He has made over $17 million. I think he will be ok financially. Too damn bad if he isn’t.

  2. Christian

    December 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Eyre has gone on record as saying he was ready to retire prior to last season and the Phillies were just about the only team he would play for – I can’t understand what is going on.

  3. Mike Bishop

    December 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Well written!

  4. Buster Heyman

    December 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I hear the Yankees are more interested in Eyre than the Phillies are. After dealing Phil Coke, I see why.

  5. j reed

    December 19, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I didn’t read the article but on a site called Ball Hype (go there if you dare. If you do and your PC is suddenly bogged down and the page s taking an inordinate amount of time load, abandon ship (cltr+del+alt), end task …some type of malwhere, fake AV trojan trying to smurf your PC). Anyway the article’s title suggested that Eyre was totally broke. That is as much as I could make before the site shinnanegans prompted my quick exit.

  6. j reed

    December 19, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Doh! That’s ….
    I did read an article…

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