Philadelphia Phillies: Cliff Lee Blanks Nats, Gets 2nd Win in 8-0 Rout

On the Philadelphia Phillies’ most chaotic day of the season, where they traded Shane Victorino to the LA Dodgers and Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants, Cliff Lee (2-6) dismissed all trade rumors by throwing 7 scoreless innings, driving in a run, stealing a base, and scoring on Jimmy Rollins’ inside-the-park home run. Lee allowed five hits and one walk and struck out seven, which snapped the Phils’ three game losing streak.

Stephen Strasburg (11-5), one who isn’t going anywhere for a while, allowed a season-high 6 runs while striking out just three in four innings of work.

Cliff Lee would do anything to get his second win, including running the bases (photo courtesy of MLB).

With his team up 3-0 in the fourth, Lee helped his own cause by driving in John Mayberry Jr. on a single to right. To help himself a little more, he stole second—his second steal of his career—before scoring on Rollins’ inside-the-parker.

Rollins blasted the ball over Bryce Harper, Washington’s young phenom who was already having a bad day, and onto the wall. Harper crashed into the fence and the ball rolled into no-man’s land before Harper, who had little chance of throwing the speedy Rollins out, recovered the ball. Fortunately for the Nats, Harper was not injured on the play.

On a day when the Phils’ front office conceded its sixth straight division title with their selling attitude, the team rallied together to show a little of the domination they’ve exhibited over the last five seasons. If only they could play like that every game.

Kevin Frandsen, who was called up in response to Placido Polanco’s latest stint on the 15-Day DL, started the scoring by sending a two-run homer to center field. Juan Pierre also swiped two bases on two consecutive pitches in the third.

It was the season debut for Phillies maligned prospect Domonic Brown, who previously spent time in the minors for the past two seasons. Brown, ranked as the number one prospect for the Phillies, singled as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning but was stranded.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: Beat Writing, Phillies

Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

Subscribe & Share!

Subscribe to our updates to be the first to know about breaking news, interesting opinions and more in the Philadelphia sports world.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: