2013 Game Recaps

Lee, Young Power Phils Over Giants

Cliff Lee came up huge for the Phillies on Monday night. (AP Photo)

Cliff Lee came up huge for the Phillies on Monday night. (AP Photo)

The Phillies kicked off their seven-game road trip in style on Monday night in San Francisco, notching a 6-2 victory over the world champion Giants behind the arm of Cliff Lee and the bat of Michael Young.  Lee sparkled in 8 innings, looking very much like the dominant starter we saw in early April.  Young knocked in two runs, scored another and had three hits and an intentional walk.


– As I pointed out in today’s Gameday, Lee had been dominant in two of three starts that have come after Doc disasters.  Make that three of four.  Monday night’s performance was vintage Cliff Lee.  The lefthander worked quickly, was economical with his pitches and had elite command.  Of the 102 pitches he threw, a remarkable 71 were strikes.  His final line; 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 0 BB… and one line drive single.

– Not only did Lee only surrender 5 hits, he induced a trio of double play groundouts that enabled him to get through eight innings.  Lee faced one batter over the minimum through seven.   Pence was the only Giant that Lee had trouble with.  Pence was 3 for 3 and finished a triple shy of the cycle.


– After a two-out Chase Utley walk loaded the bases in the second inning, Young laced a two-run double down the right field line off Madison Bumgarner. Utley scored shortly thereafter on a wild pitch from Bumgarner, making it 3-0 Phillies.  The Phils also loaded the bases in the first inning, but were unable to get on the board.

– Young had himself a night at the plate.  The veteran third baseman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, raising his average to .333.  While the home runs haven’t been there for Young, everything else has been this year.  In a lineup plagued with inconsistency, Young has gone consecutive starts without a hit exactly once.  With a lefty specialist on the mound, the Giants chose to intentionally walk Young in the eighth with a runner on third.

Domonic Brown turned on an inside fastball in the fifth inning, launching it deep to right over the outstretched arms of fans and into McCovey Cove.  It looked like Bumgarner hit his spot, but Brown was quick enough to get the bat head out in front – just the latest evidence that the adjustments he made, courtesy of Wally Joyner, are paying off.  Brown now has three home runs in six games in May.  He had three home runs in all of April.

Jimmy Rollins’ offensive woes continued, as he went 0 for 4.  The shortstop got jammed on a 1-1 count in the second inning with runners on second and third and one out, fisting a weak flare to Andres Torres in center that wasn’t deep enough to allow John Mayberry to tag from third.  Two batters later, Young picked Rollins up with an RBI double.  In the fourth inning, Rollins struck out with a runner on second and one out.  However, Rollins was able to plate Erik Kratz via an eighth inning sac fly.


– AT&T Park sure is cavernous.  Utley connected with a pitch in the first inning that looked every bit like a home run off the bat.  Torres settled under it just before the warning track.

– One pitch after taking what looked like strike three, Pence lined a home run over the left field wall off Lee to cut the Phils lead to 3-1.  Cool as ever, Lee quickly retired the next two batters without a hint of protest.

– Rollins and Ryan Howard combined for a brilliant play in the third when Rollins snagged a hot shot up the middle on one hop, spun, and fired to Howard, who caught it on a short hop.  The play prompted Tom McCarthy to note that Howard hasn’t made an error at first base in 63 games.  A Howard field-and-throw started a double play in the eighth that got Lee out of trouble.

– Cliff Lee slapped a line drive to left field in the fourth.  After a 1 for 2 night at the plate, Lee’s slash line reads .231/.286/.231 for the year.  For comparison, the struggling Ben Revere is the owner of a .212/.264/.232 line.

– Bumgarner was not himself tonight.  He allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings, and seemed to take his frustration with the umpire out to the mound with him.  Give the Phillies credit – they’ve always struggled with lefties of his caliber, but they made Bumgarner pay on Monday.

– Brown got up slowly after making a diving catch in the sixth inning.  He initially took a step back but recovered nicely to make the play.  Brown also seemed to have some trouble with a high fly ball in the ninth inning, but again was able to make the catch.



  1. Glutenous

    May 7, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Why is it that the Phillies can get to a red-hot Bumgarner, but get completely shutout by mediocre pitchers? Just a perplexing team. Shaking my head.

  2. bacardipr

    May 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Bum was off today. They never really let him get into a rhythm. They worked the counts at the start and that further threw him off. J-Roll needs to sit right now he is offensively practically worthless.

  3. Whatever

    May 7, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Give Cliff Lee some runs (with some awesome hitting tonight btw) and just sit back and enjoy the ride!

  4. Bart Shart

    May 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Cliff Lee looked great. So did Michael Young…And Dom Brown showed some awesome power. I slept well last night.

  5. USC

    May 7, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    So Dodgers,

    Did you notice how Lee outpitched the Giants? That should probably expedite your interest and make the trade of Zach Lee and Joc Pederson come more quickly.

  6. brooks

    May 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    It was a terrific win last night. Lee was spot on, Young did not hit into a double play and they scored some runs.
    Now, would it be such a surpise to anyone if for the next 2 games of this series we saw absolutely no offense whatsoever?
    I think we’ve almost come to expect the on/off switch to happen.

    • schmenkman

      May 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      fyi, statistically, they’ve been the 5th most inconsistent offense in the NL so far.

      Ranking the 15 from most inconsistent (MIA) to most consistent (CHC):

      • Lefty

        May 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        That’s interesting, how do they base consistency ratings?

      • schmenkman

        May 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        I use the standard deviation of each teams game-by-game runs scored. Because teams that score more will naturally have bigger swings, I adjust for that by dividing the standard dev. by their average runs per game.

      • Kevin

        May 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        Schmenkan, that is a cool ranking.

        Could you normalize the S.D. and Average Runs/Game scores to each-other, and then add them together to get an aggregate rating of consistency AND production?

      • schmenkman

        May 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

        It’s possible, although not sure how meaningful… what you get is Colorado way in front, even adjusting for their very hitter-friendly park. If, let’s say, you weigh scoring and consistency equally, then you get a bunch of teams in a second tier: NYM, CHC, MIL, STL, PIT, ARI, SFG.

      • Lefty

        May 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Schmenkman, I thought you read that somewhere. Sorry should have credited you for it. Anyway, I’ve never seen that before, “like”

    • c schreiber

      May 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      Brroks, Young DTD hit into DP

  7. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    While the Phillies have many behind the scenes leaders, like Utley, it seems that Cliff has assumed the role of the outspoken motivator, and who better to assume the mantle? Phils played well and jumped on Bumgardner on an off-night. Cliff pitched well and did his part. I must admit I was originally against the Michael Young trade, but he is really hitting well and consistently, and fielding much better than I expected. It also seems he is a positive in the clubhouse. My only gripe is he has to limit the double plays. Although he did not commit any GIDP felonies. HP Phils

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