Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, August 31, 2011 11:23 PM Comments: 22
I could put down 1,000 words about how great Cliff Lee is and how amazing he has been, especially lately, but you already know it. I dont need to tell you that Lee finished August 5-0, just like he was June, which was one of the most incredible pitching spectacles ever witnessed.
There is really no need because when Cliff Lee is on, like he was Wednesday night against the Reds in the Phillies 3-0 win, his actions speak for themselves. As awesome as Roy Halladay is, and as fantastic as Cole Hamels has been, there is something more enthralling about the way Lee dominates other teams. Halladay seems to do it quietly, without notice. Lee’s domination is louder, more pronounced.
In this game, he was unable to finish as he ran into trouble in the ninth, likely running out of gas. Still, 8 2/3 with seven strikeouts is plenty. He did his job and the Phillies are now one win away from a sweep. It was their 18th shutout of the season.
Hunter Pence provided another offensive spark with an opposite-field home run to right center field that had to reach 400 feet. It was basically the same spot as Tuesday’s nights bomb, a sign of pure strength.
With Atlanta’s win, the Phillies stay 7.5 up in the division, and with Milwaukee’s loss, it’s the same margin in the NL.