Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lee's 10 K's lead the way

Well, it was certainly nice of Cliff Lee to show up last night. Lee dominated the Dodgers to hand the Phillies a 3-1 victory in the series opener. He pitched seven strong, fanning ten, allowing seven hits and one walk. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh after firing 117 pitches.

After allowing ten runs over his last two starts, Lee bounced back in a big way with his third zero run outing of the season. It's the sixth time he struck out double digit batters in 2011.

Lee leads in the National League with 100 strikeouts, just ahead of Roy Halladay (97), Clayton Kershaw (96), Tim Lincecum (93) and Cole Hamels (82).

There wasn't much offense to speak of but three runs were plenty with Lee on the hill. They scored two runs in the third and one in the eighth, with one RBI from Ryan Howard, Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz.

Roy Oswalt looks to keep the dominant pitching trend rolling tonight to hand the Phillies their first series victory since facing the Mets May 27-29.

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