Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lee blanks Cards for 2nd straight shutout

Cliff Lee's dominant June continued last night, with his second consecutive complete game shut-out, in a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Lee struck out just three and walked one, but allowed just six hits and no runs to lower his ERA to 2.87. The night didn't start out great for Lee, who uncharacteristically threw his first seven pitches out of the strike zone. But Lee regrouped, improving his June record to 4-0.

His ERA in June is 0.27 with 33 innings pitched, 19 hits allowed, 24 strikeouts and six walks.

Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard each hit home runs in the fourth, and Shane Victorino tacked on his eighth triple of the year.

Roy Oswalt looks to complete the sweep tonight, and the Phillies hope Chris Carpenter's struggles continue, at least for one more start.

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