Cliff Lee pitched 8 2/3 shut out innings against the Reds. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
If you could describe tonight’s performance by Cliff Lee, it would be “whatever.”
The effortless way Lee retires hitters. The fact that this was just another game for the left-hander, who has bigger things on his mind. Sniffing a ring the last two years has had Cliff Lee breezing through each team he faces this season, especially with October around the corner.
Lee shrugged his shoulders through another team, this time making the Reds the victim of his nonchalant ways as the Phils shut out the Reds for the second straight time, 3-0.
Lee cruised through 8 2/3 shutout innings, scattering only six hits and a walk while striking out seven. He hasn’t allowed a run in 30 2/3 straight innings on the road. Yea, whatever.
Lee went into the 9th with the 6th shut out of the season in his sights but hit a bit of a snag. After allowing a one-out double to Joey Votto, Lee loaded the bases with two outs before Ryan Madson replaced him. He got the one-out save, his 25th of the season.
The Phillies scored one run in the 1st, 6th and 7th of Reds starter Dontrelle Willis. Willis was wild, allowing three runs on five hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings.
In the 1st, Shane Victorino scored on a ground out by Ryan Howard to give the Phils a 1-0 lead. They didn’t score again until the 6th, when Hunter Pence ripped his sixth homer as a Phillie off Willis to make it 2-0. They added one more on a Chase Utley groundout the next inning.
Back in June, Lee went 5-0 with a .21 ERA. He’s was just as incredible, going 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA. This season, Lee is also the first pitcher since Doc Gooden and __ Tudor to have 10+ starts with at least seven innings of scoreless baseball. Yea, he has quietly catapulted himself into the discussion for NL Cy Young.
HR: Pence (18).
WP: Lee (15-7). LP: Willis (0-4). S: Madson (25).