There wasn’t going to be any 9th-inning melt down this time for the Phils. Mainly because it’s pretty hard to blow a 10-run lead in a three-out span.
It also makes pitching a heck of a lot easier for Cliff Lee, who has made pitching look quite easy during the month of August. Lee shut down the Mets through seven as the Phillies won the series opener in a laugher, 10-0.
Lee pitched seven shutout innings, striking out seven while allowing three hits and three walks. Lee used up a lot of pitches in his seven innings (105) but he got the job done and that’s all that is reflected where it counts: the scoreboard. Lee’s strike out total on the season is now up to 191, a new career high.
Lee’s dominance allowed the offense to go to work. Wilson Valdez hit an RBI single to make it 1-0 and Shane Victorino hit a two-run triple two batters later to make it 3-0.
The Phils tacked on two more in the 3rd when John Mayberry ripped a two-run homer into the night to make it 5-0. The Phils then blew the game wide open in the 4th when Mayberry drove in a run on a bases loaded walk and Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run single.
Hunter Pence capped the scoring in the 6th with a two-run bomb into right-center. The homer capped a huge night for Pence, who went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored.
Placido Polanco when 2-for-4 in his return game from the DL.
2B: Ruiz (20). 3B: Victorino (13). HR: Mayberry (11), Pence (16).
WP: Lee (14-7). LP: Gee (11-5).