Top Moment #19: Lee’s First Shutout of the Season

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, December 26, 2011 08:00 AM | Comments: 4
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There’s nothing quite like a strikeout highlight reel.  The umpire continuously rings up batters or hitters keep swinging and missing.  The pitches look nasty, making the batter look like he never stood a chance.  All the pitcher’s opposition can do is walk back to the dugout with his head down.  Collectively punching out 1,299 batters in 2011, the Phillies pitching staff was featured in many of these highlight reels.  Cliff Lee created a highlight reel of his own during his third start in 2011.

On April 14, Phillies Nation took a bus trip to Washington D.C to invade Nationals Park.  With Cliff Lee on the mound, Phillies fans expected a great game from Lee, and that is exactly what they got.

Carlos Ruiz provided the offense with a solo home run, and that would be all the Phillies needed as Lee mowed down the Nationals.  The Phillies added some insurance runs, but they didn’t even need it.

The Nationals’ hitters kept having to go back to the dugout as Lee dominated batter after batter, striking out twelve.  Lee needed just 99 pitches for the complete game shutout.  During his dominant performance, Lee only surrendered three hits and one walk.

Lee found himself on many highlight reels in 2011, and he was truly masterful in his outing against the Nationals in the beginning of April.

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  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    I remember that game vividly! It was a true gem, unfortunatey prople expect the aces to pitch like that every time they pitch. Sometimes they don’t, most times they will. Example- the playoff game that he coughed up a 4 run lead.( with a little help from some shoddy defensive play). with a little help from the defense that day he doesn’t get burned for 4 runs. Also if the offense kept scoring instead of sitting on a lead like they did so offen the outcome could have been different. IMO if the manager had any inclination he would have went to the bp., and maybe stopped the lead from fading out.
    Cliff Lee has taken a lot of flack for that day. Some days you have it some you don’t. As fans sometimes we get spoiled with the success of the pitchers and the hitters also. We expect Howard for example to homer every at bat, and when he doesn’t we lookat him and just want to— you know. on the other hand a guy like Wilson Valdez we don’t expect anything from him yet if he gets a crucial hit he’s a hero. when most of the time he’s not gonna do it.
    I’m looking forward to 2012 and another 100 wins. go Phils!

  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Phils will probably win their division but winning 100 games is not probable.

    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      ok Brooks how’s 99.5 wins? just kiddin. i wouldn’t put it past them. i still can’t believe they won 102 last year. i would sit there with my sons and wife and watch them and get frustrated as hell! it got to the point i would tell my wife, why do them seem so inept yet they win! and most of the time when they won instead of feeling joy that they won, it was more of a sigh of relief that they didn’t lose! unbelievable. yet every night i would watch! what’s that saying Brooks the definition or insanity. you get the picture. i’ll do it again this year just like every year. gotta love em though. i got hooked on the phils in the early sixty’s right at the beginning of the famous 23 game losing streak. been hooked ever since. maybe after all the winning years now we get numb to it! oh well if they don’t win 100 i’m not gonna cry but i would expect with that pitching at least 95. have a happy new year Brooks

  • Posts: 0 Dave P

    I’m hoping that the game against sf in early august where mayberry fouled off slider after slider before launching a homer makes this list. That whole series was memorable – worley’s first complete game, the bench clearing brawl…

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