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Phillies Help Lee Get First Win

It’s about damn time.

Cliff Lee finally (finally!) got his first victory of the season, striking out nine over eight innings in the Phillies 9-2 win.

Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back to back homers in the seventh. Ty Wigginton also went yard.

But this was about Cliff and his first win.

Even with the victory, the Phillies remain 12 out in the east. You’ve gotta be happy for Lee, however, the team is still a long way from getting back on track.

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  1. Brooks

    July 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Giancarlo Stanton is injured for the Marlins. They did not waste any time and picked up Carlos Lee (36) to fill his spot.

    I’m not a huge Lee fan but this knee jerk reaction is a hell of a lot more movement than what we’ve seen of the Phils so far.

    • schmenkman

      July 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      And that’s fine.

    • Jeff Dowder

      July 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Brooks – They picked up Lee to play 1B and sent Gaby Sanchez down to the minors. They’ve had almost no production from their firstbasemen this season.

      Stanton is day to day…probably back this weekend.

      • brooks

        July 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

        Based on the results of his MRI, sure he could be back on Friday.

        Consider for a moment Lee in place of Junior at first base.

  2. schmenkman

    July 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    So the Phillies still don’t have a win when trailing going into the 8th (the average NL team has 2), but they’re 3rd in the NL in comeback wins when trailing going to the 7th (with 5).

    • c schreiber

      July 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Those stats mean nothing. The stat that means something is 12 games out of first.

      • schmenkman

        July 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        Yes, c s. I’m sure we can all agree that there is only one stat that counts.

  3. artemis

    July 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    To tell the truth, this win is a surprise. I really thought the Phils have given up playing, from the disastrous results of the game yesterday. Makes you wonder a lot the greatness of the inconsistency this season… Nevertheless, as a devoted Phillie Phan, I am happy for Lee.

    • schmenkman

      July 5, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Honest question, but why would you ever think they’ve given up? This would seem to confuse lack of success with lack of effort.

      About inconsistency, you can measure how much a team’s runs vary from game to game, and the Phillies (offense, at least) have actually been more consistent than most.

      • brooks

        July 5, 2012 at 3:27 am

        One of the consistencies I have noticed is Vic, Pence, Poly (include Junior and some others) leaving men on base in the late innings.

        Aside from being 1 for 12 so far in the month of July, Vic’s last extra base hit was a double back on June 13th?? His career slg% is .433. In June his slg% was .343 and so far in July its .083 (OK, so its early July). Average, power, OPS. OBP all down. Vic has been a model of Inconsistency along with Junior they are 2 of the biggest dissapointments I’ve seen on the Phils this year offensively.

  4. Bruce

    July 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Welcome back Cliff Lee! I’m happy for you and certainly your teammates are with the postgame Gatorade shower they gave you, 🙂

    It’s one of those ‘feel good’ moments when both the offense and pitching clicked together for the Phillies. We may not see too many of those so will take it and enjoy the moment.

  5. Phillies fan from Germany

    July 5, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Never say die!

  6. Fan from Vienna

    July 5, 2012 at 4:40 am

    With Cliff Lee being Cliff Lee and the Phillies actually hitting behind him, this one game felt like Phillies baseball again!

  7. Chuck A.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Again….people are acting like we won the World Series. IT’S ONE WIN. A nice win but just one small step (maybe) towards climbing out of this giant hole they’ve dug for themselves. Like I said earlier, let’s get back to .500 and somewhere below 10 games back before we start getting too excited.

    • George

      July 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Getting back to .500 requires winning that first game. It requires good pitching from pitchers who haven’t done well lately and an offense that scores some runs. This game featured all those elements, so people are bound to be pleased. So what if it’s not the World Series? It’s still a bright spot in what so far has been a miserable season.

      • Chuck A.

        July 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

        All very true and I am pleased as well. It was a very good win. I just don’t want to get too excited just yet, though. The Phillies win 5 straight or 10 of 12 then maybe it’s time to start thinking that maybe they have a chance. Right now I don’t think they do but I would love to be proven wrong!

  8. SavannahPhilliesPhan

    July 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I understand what you’re saying Chuck but this win was special. Not only was it Cliff Lees long overdue win, but I don’t remember the team making a push after 6 innings in any game this year. If they did it wasn’t often, but this reminded me of the phillies I am used to seeing.
    It was like they finally woke up from a long sleep.

    • schmenkman

      July 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      They’ve come back 5 times when trailing after 6 (third most in NL):

      April 15, losing 2-1 vs. Mets, won 8-2
      April 20, losing 1-0 vs. SD, won 4-1
      May 25, losing 3-2 vs. StL, won 5-3
      May 30, losing 3-1 vs. Mets, won 10-6
      July 4, losing 2-0 vs. Mets, won 9-2

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