Cliff Lee threw his first complete game shutout as a Phil (his second one this season) as the Phils defeat the Nationals, 5-0. The Phils’ magic number is now down to twelve over both the Marlins and the Braves as their lead over the fish remains at seven games.
The Phils jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Chase Utley hits an RBI single, scoring Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier doubled, and had gone over to third on Shane Victorino’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3. The Phils would then bust the game wide open in the second as, with the bases loaded, via a double by Raul Ibanez, a single by Jayson Werth, which sent Ibanez over to third, and a Pedro Feliz walk, which moved Werth up to second base, and with no outs, Carlos Ruiz hits a three-run double, knocking in Ibanez, Werth and Feliz, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. And two batters later, after Phils’ starter Cliff Lee flied out to center for the Phils’ first out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Ruiz, making it 5-0 Phils. After Rollins’ hit, the Phils’ offense would get only four more hits on the night. But, it would not matter as Cliff Lee easily handled the Nationals, giving up only six hits and three walks as he pitched a complete game shut out, his first since being traded to the Phils, his second of the season, and the fourth complete game shut out of his career.
Cliff Lee recorded the victory as he pitched a complete game, giving up only six runs and four walks, while striking out nine Nats. His record is now 14-11 (7-2) with an ERA of 3.00 (2.67). Garrett Mock took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks, while he struck out two. His record is now 3-8 with a 5.89 ERA. Saul Rivera, Ron Villone and Logan Kensing combined for two scoreless innings, giving up only three hits (Rivera (1), Kensing (2)) and a walk (Villone), while they struck out only one batter among them (Kensing).
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Jayson Werth leading the way with three hits, all singles, raising his batting average up to .270. Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz followed with two hits apiece, with one of Rollins’ hits being a double, as he knocked in a run, while both of Ruiz’s hits were doubles, as he knocked in three of the Phils’ runs with the first one. Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez had the other three hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a double. Utley knocked in the Phils’ other run, as the Phils’ offense last night was successfully able to knock in runners in scoring position when given the opportunity.
The Phils (83-60, 1st) continue their home stand with the Nats (50-94) with a night game. The game will start at 7:05 pm and will be played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phils will send to the mound Joe Blanton (9-7, 4.11), who is coming off his worst start of the season as he lost to the Nats on September 10, where he went only four and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four, in the Phils’ 8-7 lost. He will be trying to get back on track as he once again attempt to win his tenth game of the season. The Nats will counter with Livan Hernandez (8-10, 5.30), who is coming off a win against the Phils on September 10, as he pitched seven and a third innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out only two, in the Nats’ 8-7 win. He will be trying for his second straight win against the Phils in as many starts. The Phils will be trying to continue their present winning streak while trying to lower their magic number against both the Marlins and the Braves even more.