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Cliff Lee has had a September to remember

Sep 27, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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Phillies starter Cliff Lee shut out the Braves through seven innings tonight, but an equally-dominating performance by Braves starter Kris Medlen and an eighth-inning solo home run by Chris Johnson left him the tough-luck loser. Lee struck out 13, walked none, and allowed just three hits over eight innings, but the Phillies’ offense just couldn’t figure Medlen out.

In 39 innings over five starts this September, Lee has compiled a 1.85 ERA with 54 strikeouts and one walk. It is the 48th time since 1901 a pitcher has struck out at least 54 batters in a month in five or fewer starts; the 12th time it has happened in September/October specifically. It is also the 62th time since 1901 that a pitcher has walked one or none in a month in at least five starts; the 17th in September/October specifically. Lee is the first to strike out 50-plus and walk one or fewer in a month.

Lee finishes the season 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA in 222.2 innings along with 222 strikeouts and 32 walks.

  1. NatsLady - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Incredible.

  2. Stiller43 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    “Lee finishes the season 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA in 222.2 innings along with 222 strikeouts and 32 walks.”

    Damn…

  3. misterj167 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Great game by Lee! Glad we won that one! Tomorrow we face the deadly TBA!

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    The guy’s a wizard. He’s not talked about nearly enough but he’s still an epic badass.

  5. beefytrout - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    And he’s going to watch the postseason from the couch because he chose to go to philly…

    • tuberippin - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:31 AM

      Don’t be stupid. It was the Phillies, Yankees, or Rangers. None of these three teams are making the playoffs this year.

      • txnative61 - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:51 AM

        Rangers are one game out of WC and closer to his home in Arkansas, but he played for each and chose the Phillies—-go figure! Could have sure used his arm though—wow. And he can hit, maybe he wanted to play in the National League?

      • greymares - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        @texnative61 to really get to know Philly is to love Philly. the problem with Texas is if you give a Texan an enema just before death they can be buried in a shoebox. lol.

      • beefytrout - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        I wasn’t aware this was the first year Lee was with the phillies, and it was just a 1-year contract.

        So you don’t be stupid, too.

  6. quintjs - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    1.85 ERA, 54K’s, 5 starts and so on…

    He also finished the month 4/12 with 4 RBI.

    That is what you call earning your paycheck.

  7. romoscollarbone - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    cliff lee owes me his career. seriously. its a long type, but ill do it for the hbt faithful. lemme know.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Ok, I’ll bite. Why does Cliff Lee owe you his career?

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