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Cliff Lee hits second homer, denied crack at sixth shutout

Aug 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

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The Phillies’ Cliff Lee, already with a major league-leading five shutouts, was denied a shot at No. 6 on Tuesday.  Having thrown 124 pitches, he was removed after eight scoreless innings in what turned out to be a 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

Ryan Madson closed it out in the ninth, but not before giving up an RBI single to Casey Blake.

At least Lee did have more than the win to celebrate: he hit his second homer of the season off Ted Lilly.

Lee could have become the first pitcher to throw six shutouts in a season since Randy Johnson finished with that many in a 1998 campaign split between Seattle and Houston.  Besides Johnson, the last pitcher to record more than five shutouts in a season was Tim Belcher, who had eight for the Dodgers in 1989.

Lee’s homer was his second in five starts.  He went 107 career at-bats without one before homering for the first time against the Braves on July 9.  He’s the first Phillies pitcher since Randy Wolf in 2004 to hit multiple homers in the same year.

Despite his remarkable success when it comes to shutouts, Lee remains a big long shot in the NL Cy Young competition.  He has just seven wins that weren’t shutouts, and he’s 12-7 with a 2.83 ERA for the season.  His ERA ranks seventh in the NL and third on his own team behind Roy Halladay‘s 2.51 mark and Cole Hamels‘ 2.53.

  1. timasahh - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    He put da team on his back.

  2. youalldrinkhaterade - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    he did put DA team on his back because he’s DA best…Jesus man, please learn how to type, I can only imagine what you sound like in person…

    • timasahh - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:30 AM

      I sound completely normal as far as I know. It’s a joke from YouTube video. Search “Greg Jennings Puts the Ream on his Back,” and remember what happens when you assume.

      • RK - Aug 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM

        Technically he didn’t say assume, he said imagine. Although that could end up worse (see Lennon, John)

      • timasahh - Aug 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        He assumed that’s how I type. He made an ass out of him and me…doesn’t quite work like that though.

    • timasahh - Aug 10, 2011 at 4:30 AM

      *Team

    • mox19380 - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      a guy with the tag “youALLdrinkHATERADE” would then hate on a person’s post that is clearly a joke… Great irony I laughed for a full minute

  3. dbick - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    cliff lee has more home runs than joe mauer

    • marshmallowsnake - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      Jo Mauer is a great hitter…but 180 Million worth? Not so sure…

    • marshmallowsnake - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      Joe Mauer is a great hitter…but 180 Million worth? Not so sure…

  4. halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    To use the vernacular of the younger generation: Cliff Lee — Like a Boss!!

    • hittfamily - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:31 PM

      My 4th grader would say:

      Bieberiffic!!!

  5. FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I’m just happy these late night west coast games are done for the moment. Glad I did not miss Lee’s homer.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:42 AM

      Yeah, I hate the west coast trips myself. Games are on too late and don’t end until after 1:00AM. Too late for me. I try to watch as much of the game as I can until I can’t stay awake, then catch the highlights in the morning. At least today’s game is this afternoon against LA before they come home.

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    At this point, I’d rather see Cliff Lee come up as a pinch hitter than Ross Gload.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:47 AM

      At thins point I would rather see Joe Blanton bat before Gload.

      • Phillies Homer - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:30 AM

        There he is! There’s big Joey B making his presence in a Phillies post!

        I think from here on out… anytime there is a post related to Phillies, Joe Blanton must be talked about…. Biceps, I leave this duty to you.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:52 AM

        Homer,

        Joe Blanton will be my cross to bear. I take the duty on, sir.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

        And THIS picture should always be the one that is used for any Joe Blanton posting…

        http://www.tauntr.com/content/look-alive-joe-blanton

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        Chris,

        That pic is hilarious! I remember seeing that before. I think it foreshadowed his season. He probably was tired after attending an all-night buffet.

      • Phillies Homer - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        I don’t know… I think he’s just trying to get a little color. The only thing worse than a fat slob is a pasty white fat slob!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 10, 2011 at 7:58 AM

      Here is an article explaining that Lee’s hand motions while going back in to the dugout were meant to taunt Kyle Kendrick.

      http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillies_zone/Cliff-Lee-homers-acquires-currency.html

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

        Great article, Doctor. That explains why Lee was swiping his hands as he came back to the dugout after the homerun. Lee said that the wager was between him and Kendrick, but said call it dinner or whatever you like. Kendrick was lucky that the bet wasn’t between him and Fat Joe, and Joe hit the homerun. Could you imagine the check that Kendrick would be paying for Joe’s dinner?

        Sorry, couldn’t resist that one. It was too easy.

    • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM

      I think I saw Hamels pinch hit once…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:44 AM

        I think he pinch hit in that 18 inning game.

      • bigxrob - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:39 AM

        It was the 14 inning sunday night Mets game.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:41 AM

        Thanks.

  7. FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Brings new meaning to the term Power Pitcher…

  8. halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Well, the Vanimal starts today. 3:10PM game time. Wonder if he can keep pitching out of his animal mind. A sweep would be a nice end and make it a 9-1 road trip.

  9. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    I am sure someone explained this…I just missed it I guess. Why were the Dodgers fans booing Shane Victorino? You would think, after he beat up their main rivals the Giants…both literally and figuratively, that they would have been cheering the guy but he seemed to get booed a lot louder than any other player on the team.

    No matter what happens today, the Phillies established that they will not be allowing anyone to sniff the division or the best record in the NL after this trip, whether it is 8-2 or 9-1. I was thinking 6-4, maybe 7-3 at best, but I underestimated the absolute quitting bums that are the Rockies and the Dodgers. They have more talent than they show nightly. The Giants on the other hand have very little talent except for an exceptional pitching staff, and yet they still lead that division. They are the definition of over-achieving and I have to commend them for that.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      There was an incident in the 2008 NLCS. Kuroda brushed him high an inside and Victorino started gesturing at him. After he made an out, Victorino gestured some more and the benches cleared. Next game, he hit a game tying 2 run HR. Been booed every since.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        Yeah, forgot about the 2008 Kuroda incident…seems so long ago the Dodgers were actually relevant, but it’s only been a season and a half.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      The whole NL West is mediocre. Even the Giants, with their great pitching, is countered by a AAA lineup, making them just a good team at best. You described the Dodgers the best. They have been playing like bums the whole season. This McCourt mess isn’t certainly not helping matters, but that can be their excuse. The Phillies can’t and won’t be stopped.

    • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

      the Giants’ team that beat the braves, phillies, and rangers last year with crappy hitting and exceptional pitching? yeah, they suck. jeez.
      another “insecure” comment from philly fans. these are the same guys who buy levitra and buy hummers i bet because of their “shortcomings”…just like the phillies did last year…haha!
      say what you want philly fans, but until the post season, the phillies are the Giants’ b*tches. hate to tell ya, but that’s what comes with winning a series/title, ya get bragging rights for the year until otherwise.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:44 AM

        Hahahahahaha!!!! I love your tenacity and humor, loungefly. The Phillies will let their 76-40 record speak for itself, baby!

      • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

        I’m glad you recognize my school-yard bully tactics. yeah, I am displaying no tact. i know that. i just see this as fans of their respective teams spitting off at each other. it’s all in fun. no harm is intended. do i know the phillies are the best team? yes, no doubt about that. am i going to hang on to every second the Giants are the defending champs and boast about it? you bet your sweet philly cheesesteak arse i will! been a Giants fan since i was a kid n’ able to understand the game (circa 1985)…this is the 1st time they won it all in my life. I gotta live it up even at the expense of being in poor taste. if/when the Phillies beat the Giants (if they make it), i’ll be the first to wish them luck in the WS. Play ball!

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM

        Sounds good, loungefly. All jabber between Giants-Phillies fan is done in good humor. I take all of it with a grain of salt. Good baseball watching, Baby!!!!

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM

        loungefly, I didn’t say the Giants suck. I said they are not as talented a team as the Dodgers or the Rockies. I think you would probably agree with me there, right? There are no Tulowitskis or Kemps on the Giants, right? And if you give me Lincecum, I’ll give you Kershaw on the Dodgers. Cain? OK, how about Kuroda. Sure, the Giants have a deeper staff and a better bullpen, but that still shouldn’t be the difference of 11 games as there is in the standings.

        The reason is twofold…the Dodgers are dogs and the Giants play hard…they over-achieve, as they did last year in winning the World Series. You want to tell me they didn’t over-achieve winning the World Series last year, then you have to take off the Orange-tinted glasses and find a clue. They won fair and square, but they may have been the 6th most talented team to make the playoffs last year. They got hot and played well for 3 weeks and won it all.

        Again, the Giants don’t “suck” as you write that I said…they are a feisty bunch who play hard and ride the pitching staff. But their staff isn’t as good as the Phillies staff, and for all it’s warts, the Phillies offense is head and shoulders above the Giants offense. It will be a miracle if the Giants win it all again this year as horrific as their offense is.

      • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        They are definitely over-achievers. They are the only Major League team division leader that has allowed more runs than scored. It’s interesting because the run differential (ha!) between the Giants, Pades and Rockies is minimal at the moment (and all 3 are negative – MLB says they should all be expected to have the same record) but the position in the standings couldn’t be more different!

      • spudchukar - Aug 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

        “The Phillies will let their 76-40 record speak for itself”. Now then if the phans would adopt some of that magnanimity…

      • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:08 PM

        alright..alright chris…point taken. shots were fired, i’m just retaliating.
        yes, the past few seasons, the NL West has been very weak. Hey, as a Giants’ fan, I’ll take it. all divisions have their ups and downs. thank God for timely hitting, great pitching, and solid defense. we play ugly but if the results are there, i’ll take it.
        yes, the line-up is just horrible and it makes me cringe every time when i look at the box scores. but i gotta defend my “ugly pimply-faced little sister” when she gets teased at the dance. the Giants are ugly but they are my “ugly pimply-faced little sister”. heck, i’ll happily admit there is an 8×10 of Barry Bonds on my cube wall and go out on a limb defending that lovable jerk-store. but thats another story.
        as far as winning it all again…i always thought in baseball, the hardest part is just making it to the postseason. the rest just comes down to who plays the hottest.

  10. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Cliff Lee .226 BA 1 HR every 26.5 ABs

    Jayson Werth .224 BA 1 HR every 31 ABs

    just saying…..

    • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      I saw those same stats somewhere else, it’s funny but of course doesn’t really mean anything. I mean I could say that both Cliff Lee and Ryan Howard have the same # of Homeruns vs Lefties for example…

      • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 11:42 AM

        Wait a minute… I just figured it out… you’re ChrisU on MLB.com!

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

        Not me…I don’t post anywhere without using my name or CFioren317. I don’t hide behind no stinking usernames.

      • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

        I use my initials. I don’t have a sexy baseball player name like you.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM

      Jayson Werth: 7 years, 126 million

      Cliff Lee: 5 years (6 year option), 120 million

      I wonder who got the better deal?

      • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        elite starting pitchers are worth their weight in gold and more.

        we all knew werth was overpaid the minute he inked that deal. all it takes is one sucker.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        And that sucker was in DC. Go figure.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

        Exactly, Hair. Who would have thought that of all teams, DC would have ponied up that kind of scratch to get Werth. Whatever fanbase they have down there is loving him now, I bet.

      • FC - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Well I guess the team did not want to be outdone by Congress in overspending… You know they need to compete with the local franchises.

      • loungefly74 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        i think the signing of werth was due to the hubris in the air at DC. strausburg got a lot of people excited and the Nat’s front office probably thought they could contend right away. “hey, lets give a crap load of $$$ to the highest rated FA player available, that will show MLB that we mean business!!!” (i think of da raiders signing Larry Brown after that superbowl he was in)

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