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Solo Shots off Lee Help Nats Sink Phils

Lee was in control early but gave up a pair of back-to-back homers in a 5-1 loss. Photo: AP

Cliff Lee was cruising right along. Through four scoreless innings, Lee had thrown only 40 pitches and looked in Cy Young form while his counterpart, Gio Gonzalez, was being worked into deep counts. And then the fifth inning happened. Back-to-back homers by Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos put the Nats ahead 2-0. That would be all the Nats needed as they cruised to a 5-1 victory, ending the Phillies three-game winning streak.

Lee Gives Up Four Solo Shots

If I would have told you before the game that Cliff Lee would exit the game with 64 of 76 pitches thrown for strikes after seven innings, what would you have guessed the result to be? How about if the opposing starter labored and threw 117 pitches through seven?

Through four innings, Lee looked un-hittable. Lee made quick work of the Nats and was efficient with his balls and strikes. But a pair of back-to-back homers, Rendon and Ramos in the fifth and to Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth in the sixth, put the Phils into a 4-0 hole. Darin Ruf‘s solo opposite field shot in the bottom of the seventh was the only Phillies’ run of the night.

The Silver Lining

Luis Garcia made his Major League debut for the Phillies, pitching a scoreless eighth against the heart of the Nats line-up. Garcia got Bryce Harper to ground out, struck out Ryan Zimmerman on a wild pitch that landed in the dugout after bouncing in the dirt, and getting Adam LaRoche to ground into one of the best 4-6-3 double plays you will see all year. Garcia struggled slightly with command but showed a plus-slider and hit 97 MPH on the gun multiple times.

The Phils look to win the series tomorrow as Kyle Kendrick takes the hill against Jordan Zimmerman.



  1. Betasigmadeltashag

    July 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I don’t get this love affair with only throwing strikes. 0-2 count to a guy with power you do throw a strike. Not that it mattered since they only scored one run so the last two dingers don’t really matter. But I think the game would have been different at 2-0 instead of 4-0. And what was that batting practice pitch he threw to Werth. I know it is not true but it seems Cliff stops as many losing Streaks as killing momentum when they are winning

    • schmenkman

      July 11, 2013 at 6:59 am

      “I know it is not true…” — then why finish that sentence?

      • Chuck A.

        July 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

        Cliff Lee made 4 mistakes last night That’s it. And give the Nats credit for exploiting them. That’s what good teams do in order to beat a dominant pitcher like him.

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    July 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    The ultimate “sucks” factor is the Braves lost to the lowly Fish, and we could have gained on them with a win tonight. Gotta hope Kendrick regains his form and more after his recent thrashing.

  3. bacardipr

    July 11, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I had a feeling unless Lee tossed a perfect 9 it was going to be a L. By the 3rd HR i knew it was going to a L.

  4. Pamikedc

    July 11, 2013 at 3:00 am

    @Bacardipr, i totally agree w you.

    This series was easy…I wrote In a previous post that game 1 was a toss up. 2 was advantage us. 3 a toss up- but u know we never hit Gio. And tomorrow is def an adv for them.

    We def saw 2 pluses today: Darin’s hr and the barber mans solid inning!!

    Go Phils

  5. bacardipr

    July 11, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I agree Pamk never know which Kyle we will get and dont know if we going to hit their pitcher.

  6. Pamikedc

    July 11, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Simms a beast

  7. Pamikedc

    July 11, 2013 at 6:55 am


  8. G7

    July 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I don’t mind all the strikes, helps keep his pitch count down..but 0-2 he should be thinking about going outside the zone..

    • George

      July 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Maybe he was thinking about going outside the zone. Wanting to and being able to are entirely different things. He’s not perfect, and people need to stop griping when he misses his spot or a hitter happens to get lucky.

      • Chuck A.

        July 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm

        Here’s the thing, though…he “missed his spot” 4 times. I don’t think I would call that being lucky. The Nats are a good team and they took advantage of it.

      • George

        July 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

        So what if he missed his spot four times? And maybe one of those he didn’t miss and the hitter did get lucky. Everybody makes mistakes, and Lee doesn’t make very many. I get sick of people who want “perfect” all the time. Life doesn’t work that way.

        And another thing: how can anyone say it was all Lee’s fault for throwing a strike when Ruiz is the one setting up the target he aims at?

      • George

        July 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        Also, Chuck, I never said it was ALL luck. Note the word “or” in my comment. That’s no absolute either way.

        Also, I hope you read Lefty’s comment below about missing spots and luck.

  9. Ozzie

    July 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Please, Cliff, learn to waste an 0-2 pitch. Change the eye level, put one in the dirt.

  10. Dave

    July 11, 2013 at 10:48 am

    yes, I don’t agree with the pitch selection either. And I don’t think Lee was unhittable. I have seen him with much better stuff than he had tonight. In fact, they were hitting him. He gave up 9 hits in 7 innings. Someone like him who is known to be always around the plate, needs to change his approach, especially with 2 strikes. Lee said, “they hit good pitches.” Some of them were NOT good pitches. Kendrick said the same thing after his last start. How about facing the reporters and admitting you stunk? Players rarely do that these days.

    • George

      July 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

      I can’t believe anyone would want a pitcher who’s 10-3 with an ERA well under 3.00 to change his approach. What’s he supposed to do, not be agressive and wind up 3-10 with a 5.80 ERA?

      • Dave

        July 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

        I’m not saying he should stop being agressive, but what’s wrong with throwing a pitch out of the strike zone when you have 2 strikes on the hitter…especially 0-2?

  11. JohnMatrix

    July 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This was a big game for the phils and again lee came up short. trade him.

    • schmenkman

      July 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm


      • George

        July 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

        I’m not sure if Matrix is trying to be funny, myself. “Big game” does sound pretty silly when he’s talking about a third place team 7 1/2 games out.

  12. Lefty

    July 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Lee missed his spot more than just the 4 times they hit home runs. Every pitcher misses 10-15 times a game, even great ones. Most of those are fouled off or just called balls. It’s mostly bad luck, and I think the media (Wheeler) makes too much of that. Some home runs are not mistakes, but you’d think they all are if you listen to Wheeler. I’ve seen pitchers miss 30 times in a game and throw shut outs. You really have to make a concentrated effort to watch the mitt on every pitch and keep a tally, I think you’d be surprised.

    Lee is a great pitcher, who like all great pitchers, gets beat up every now and then. When the Phillies offense has nights where they don’t hit, do we credit the pitcher on the other team, or do most just bitch about the offense.

    It works both ways, sometimes the other team’s offense just hits well. Or sometimes the other team’s pitching is good. Every loss is not always the Phillies fault and every win is not always because the Phils played great. There are two teams out there.

    • Chuck A.

      July 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      Lefty – great comments. I would agree with that. He pitched a a great game except…. it WASN’T a great game… or won’t be thought of or remembered as such because he gave up 4 home runs. Was it luck on the part of the hitters?? I would say that luck might come into play for one or maybe 2 of the HRs…but not all 4.

      • Lefty

        July 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        Well, having personally been the “King of missed spots” in Babe Ruth and High School myself, I speak from experience. We didn’t really count back then, but I could miss probably 70 or so times a game! And yeah, I didn’t last long, I was pitching in adult softball leagues at a much younger age than I’d hoped 🙂

  13. c. schreiber

    July 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Gio probably missed the “spot” as much as Lee but the P’s (except Ruf) didn’t take it out of the yard like the Gnats. Give them credit and our hitters the raspberry.

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