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Cliff Lee is finally in the win column

Jul 4, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

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It only took him 14 starts, but Cliff Lee is finally on the board. He pitched eight innings of two-run ball as the Phillies defeated the Mets 9-2 on Wednesday.

The Phillies were actually down for much of the game, failing to get on the board until the seventh. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz hit back-to-back homers off Chris Young in that frame, giving Philadelphia a 3-2 lead. The Phillies then piled on against the beleaguered Mets bullpen, scoring three more runs in both the eighth and ninth innings.

The barrage lifted the Mets’ bullpen ERA to 5.11 on the season. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo pointed out that it’s more than one-third of a run worse than that of the next worst bullpen.

Utley’s two-run homer was his second since he returned from the disabled list last week. He’s 6-for-22 in five starts and one appearance off the bench.

Lee ended up 0-5 with a 4.13 ERA over 13 starts in his long winless streak. His only other winless streak in excess of six starts came in 2004, when he went 0-6 with a 10.51 ERA in a nine-start span for the Indians.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I can imagine the background choir of Hallelujahs….

  2. bleedgreen - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Yay Cliff! In actuality, he should realistically be about 7-4 right now. The bullpen blew so many games for him, and the offense has completely let him down, especially in the Giants game where he threw 10 goose eggs.

    Also, why, hello Mr. Utley. Glad to see you remembered why they call it ‘Utley’s Corner’. He’s moving well, and Chooch gonna chooch.

  3. badmamainphilliesjamas - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Let the fireworks commence!

  4. dkphilly1122 - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    It’ll be great tomorrow on the radio listening to everyone talk about Cliff and how he finally got a win and deserved it. They been hating on him all season so far, when the bullpen blew too many games for him and the team so far like the guy up further said. Yeah his stats aren’t great this year, but he had one of the lowest ERA’s in the NL for a while until recently. I Love Lee, he still has plenty in the tank. It isn’t his fault the pitchers weren’t getting run support for a while.

  5. Walk - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Lee had some bad luck. It is good that he got a win here but not all of his losses have been because of a bad pen. Lately he had some bad games and i was scared it had gotten into his head, i am glad that this seems to not be the case, he is too good of a player to flame out like he seemed to be in the process of.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Definitely agree the last one was his fault, and he’s blown up 2 or 3 times, but there was way more times that it WASN’T his fault.

      I guess Cliff Lee just doesn’t know how to win…

  6. bubba703 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    It’s good he finally got a win.. Being he’s in Philly, had he lost again, those booming sounds tonight might not be fireworks going off but the trampling of Phillie fans jumping off the bandwagon. (just teasing, guys.)

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    I guess Philly fans dont believe in sabermetrics!

  8. hojo20 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    I love Cliff’s wife.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    sorry to hear this as its always nice to see Lee and the sillies lose and lose big and so far they been making me real happy this year

  10. baseballisboring - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    I was actually hoping he would put together a really nice 2nd half and still go completely winless…cause maybe then the mainstream media would realize how meaningless W/L records for pitchers are. I mean…that’s optimistic. But maybe it would’ve helped further the dialogue.

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