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Lee the story as Phils produce a laugher

Oct 18, 2009, 11:31 PM EDT

Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino homered and Ryan Howard extended his streak of postseason games with an RBI to a record seven, but Sunday night was all about Cliff Lee. The left-hander pitched eight shutout innings and struck out 10 in the Phillies’ 11-0 victory.
This one was over quickly, as the Phillies scored four times on Howard’s triple and Werth’s homer in the first and added two more in the second. The Dodgers never collected an extra-base hit in the contest. They never had multiple runners on base at the same time. In short, it was a dominant performance for Lee, who even singled and scored on Victorino’s homer in the eighth.
Lee improved to 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA in three postseason starts. He’d likely be 3-0 if not for Dexter Fowler’s leap in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS. He appeared all set to go for the shutout tonight, but after he ran the bases in the eighth and the Phillies added three more runs, the team took the prudent course and lifted him from the rout.
It’s been a spectacular run for the left-hander, who wasn’t good enough to make the Indians’ postseason roster two years ago. Even though he was healthy enough to pitch, the Indians opted to pick Aaron Laffey over him in 2007 after he went 4-8 with a 6.29 ERA in 16 starts and four relief appearances that season.
Now Lee stands as the ace of the postseason to date, and the Dodgers won’t be very optimistic if they head back to L.A. down 3-2 knowing they’ll be facing him and Pedro Martinez again. The Phillies, on the other hand, have a chance to take the series without being forced to turn back to Lee. They’ll throw Joe Blanton in Monday’s Game 4. The Dodgers will turn to former Phillie Randy Wolf, their Game 1 starter in the NLDS.

  1. a - Oct 18, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    This series is over. The dodger players faces show it /they know they cant play with the Phillies. it should be 3-0 .Dodger management need to get an ace for next season regardless of who they trade

  2. Max Winters - Oct 19, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    You’re spot on!

  3. Charles - Oct 19, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    We’ll miss you here in Cleveland, Cliff, but it’s great to see you in the playoff spotlights. A great picther and a class act.

  4. jonny5 - Oct 19, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    What happened to LA?? Oh yeah, they’re playing the world champs. It seems all the baseball “experts” forgot that little fact when picking the winners of this series….. LMAO!!! I love it. Maybe Manny can find some magic “Juice” to help out his team????

  5. Raymond - Oct 19, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    The Phillies can hit anyone the Dodgers throw at them. Their offense is simply that potent. The Dodgers cannot hit with them and they cannot pitch with them. They are throwing a retread called Randy Wolf this evening and the Phillies are going to eat him up. The series will end in Philadelphia.

  6. BIGBRUCE11047 - Oct 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    This season the Phillies have pulled out another ace to rescue their pitching staff. Last year it was Cole Hamels and this year it is Cliff Lee. Just think, two years ago Lee was sent down to the minor leagues from Cleveland and it looked like he was washed up. Last year he was the American League Cy Young Award winner and now he is going to be the NLCS MVP. The Dodgers have a good offense but their pitching staff is “spotty” at best. They have a good bullpen and a fantastic closer but they have to get a lead for Broxton to get in the game. It’s the Phillies in six.

  7. KimG - Oct 19, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    I am SO happy for Cliff Lee, even if we lost him in Cleveland. I knew he was the BEST pitcher to pick up, even with all of the babble about Halliday. Go Cliff!! The media nor the baseball writers gave Cliff Lee much credit….what Lee is doing is amazing.

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