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Lee leads Phils to second straight win over Nats

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Tue, June 18, 2013 10:49 PM | Comments: 25
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Richie Ashburn Award: Cliff Lee

It’s funny how fast things can change. Just two days after finishing up an atrocious road-trip against three bad teams, the Phillies have won two straight against the Nationals, with a chance to sweep the series on Wednesday.

Cliff Lee allowed a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the fourth, but the Phillies came back to score four straight runs, which was all they would need in their 4-2 victory. The Phillies have now won six straight games at home.

Lee dazzles again

PHOTO: AP

Lee tossed eight strong innings, striking out nine and walking none en route to his ninth win. PHOTO: AP

It seems like every start is the same. He works fast, pounds the strike zone, racks up the punchouts, and exits having only improved his season numbers. Yea he gave up a few mistakes (solo homers to Werth and Jeff Kobernus) but he was still flat out dealing tonight.

Lee tossed eight strong innings, giving up just the two runs on five hits while striking out nine. It’s his third nine strikeout game in his last four starts, and his ERA is sitting at 2.53. He threw 110 pitches, 82 for strikes and walked none.

Frandsen provides knockout punch in sixth

Kevin Frandsen has quietly been one of the most consistent hitters on the Phillies when he plays. In the sixth inning, after Domonic Brown and Delmon Young both struck out with the bases loaded and less than two outs, Frandsen came through with a clutch two-RBI single to give the Phils a nice three run cushion.

Frandsen, who has to deal with sometimes not playing for two, three or four days or only having one at bat per game, has an average of .286 after play tonight. He is also hitting .300 with six RBI with two outs and runners in scoring position, and in the month in June his average is .375 with an OBP/OPS of .464/.923

Howard tripled? And Young doubles thrice

I thought it was at least worth noting that with his triple tonight, Howard now has more triples than he did in his 2006 MVP season when he was young and spry (sort of). Who would have thought.

Michael Young smashed three doubles tonight, and drove in a run. It took Young 29 games to get his first three doubles of the season.

Up Next…

Wednesday provides the Phillies a chance to sweep the series, but they will have to do it against the reigning N.L. wins leader Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four career starts against the Phillies. He will be opposed by Kyle Kendrick, who has pitched well for the Phillies this year, but is coming off his worst outing of the year in which he gave up seven runs on ten hits to Colorado. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

 

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Cliff Lee is just awesome. Hopefully, Cholly will find a way to get Frandsen in more. Michael Young has been on fire since that situation with his child is out of danger, which most likely accounted for his slump. Loving the fact that Ryan “bad knee” Howard swiped a triple tonight. Look out Cobb, he’s coming after your triples stats. Lol. Keep up this groove Phils, cause the Braves lost to the Mutts!

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Howard has 19 career triples. And 19 career infield popups.

       
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Monday night’s game was an example of a big problem for the Phillies. When Delmon Young plays in right field, they often need to use a defensive replacement or a pinch runner. Howard needs a pinch runner in late game situations. And, Charlie likes to use Galvis as a defensive replacement if he starts Frandsen at second. On Monday, they got caught so short of players that they had to bring up Lerud to pinch hit in a real key spot. This is a big problem. Against a left-hander, I think the Phillies should certainly start Mayberry who hits left-handed pitching well to avoid this short bench problem.

    I would ask the fans to stop booing Jayson Werth. He gave the best years of his career to the Phillies and is giving his downhill years to the Nationals. So cheer him for the great years that he gave the Phillies.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      Yep. I don’t get the booing thing with Werth either.
      He played well for the Phillies and another team was willing to pay him an obscene number of dollars to move on. Coming at the peak of his professional career Jason would never had had that dollar opportunity again.
      In the era of free agency and big TV contracts, we’re not going to see too many more Musials playing their entire careers with one team… if any.

       
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Agreed on the booing — it’s petty, silly, and bush league.

       
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      I think the booing might relate to the atrocious thing Werth said regarding the fans (I will make it my mission to see that no philies fan walks down Broad Street in celebration again) after some fan supposedly cheered when he broke a bone. Reporters were right in the area and said they heard no such thing. I don’t boo – but I’m just saying I think that may be the reason…

       
      • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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        IF Werth said that then I feel he was over the top with his choice of words. He probably shouldn’t have said anything. But the fan probably booed because of his taking the contract which, again, is silly.

        I just think that Jayson Werth was an INTEGRAL PART of the success of the team and to boo the guy is senseless. If he did nothing while he was here and the team was lousy and he left on “bad terms” for some reason then it may be more justified.

         
      • Posts: 87 Johanna

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        Agreed. His comment was very immature and disgruntled. He really hasn’t done anything spectacular with the Nats – so why boo?

         
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    Regarding bad teams, I don’t think Colorado is a bad team. Certainly, their record to date is not bad. The new third baseman made some spectacular plays for them, particularly the play on Pettibone which was one of the most spectacular defensive plays I have ever seen.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    My feeling David is Manuel doesnt want to play Delmon but is forced to.

     
    • Posts: 522 Morris Buttermaker

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      I also feel like it is Cholly kind of giving the finger to Ruben by playing D Young. You know like, “Ok, this is who you signed to play in the outfield. Well, then I am going to play him.”

       
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        In which case Manuel’s cutting off his proverbial nose to spite his face.
        While I’m not a big fan of every one of Charlie’s baseball moves I doubt he would allow the team to tank just to show up Ruben for his poor acquisitions. Charlie has more integrity than that. I think he keeps hitting his head against the wall expecting different results.

        I don’t envy Sandberg if he inherits this team next season.
        Unless management is willing to clean house and suffer through a few truly terrible seasons in return for a half dozen real prospects it’s going to be another cold decade – and with revolving-door management.

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        Damn – I just had a premonition of the Cubbies stealing Sandberg for a second time – next time as their manager after a frustrating and short tenure as the Phillies’ manager.

        The Cubs win the pennant!
        The Cubs win the pennant!…

        Nah.
        No manager is that good.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        To quote from the movie Ratatouille, “It’s not stealing if no one wants it”.

         
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Nice one Schmenk….

     
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    I never got the Werth hate either. 2008 isn’t that long ago and wasn’t it in 2009 or ’10 that a lot of fans were crying for Ruben to extend him?? I’ve always been a fan of the guy and I’ll root for him to succeed (except against the Phillies, of course).

     
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      I know as one of the fans that was wanting him to stay…I didn’t understand his move to the Nats. At the time, I thought we still had the best chance to win the World Series and the Nats were just an awful team. The contract Amaro offered him was good but for a shorter period of time and he would have had way more of a chance to get another ring with us – then go for the long term contract with a then awful team. Even now, that team is totally over rated. Personally, I think Werth made a poor decision. If he played well for us for another 2 years he would have had way more options either with us or other teams. With that being said I don’t hate the guy, but I don’t appreciate some of his comments towards us either.

       
      • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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        Johanna, I get what you are saying but NO ONE would have turned down that contract. I mean it’s something like an $80MM difference …guaranteed money. Seriously…what was the guy supposed to do? What would YOU have done?

         
      • Posts: 87 Johanna

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        I said this when he signed, I would go with the team that has the best chance to win. That’s just me.

         
      • Posts: 5229 Lefty

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        The Phillies fans in Washington that night did cheer when Werth hurt his wrist Johanna. I’m sure that fuels his comments toward us.

        I was there (on the third base side), but I could hear them. It was – I was actually embarrassed by it, sitting with some Nats friends of mine in DC that invited me down to the game.

         
      • Posts: 87 Johanna

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        Well that’s reprehensible on the part of those fans. He could have made a comment about those fans in general, and I would have totally agreed with him – but to lump us all together like that wasn’t right either. I would NEVER cheer for any player that got hurt that way. In fact I was watching that game on TV and I felt horrible for him.

        I guess some fans are just asses. I’m sure he made the remark in anger. Who knows I may have done the same thing in that situation.

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        I think these guys have enough obscenities shouted at them at every stop to develop a tougher shell than Jayson had at the time, but in his defense, dunmb comments after broken wrist is tougher on any athlete’s psyche than hearing disparaging comments about his family’s lineage.

         
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    I think Howard is getting more triples because he doesn’t seem to have the power to get it over the fence anymore since coming back from the injury.

     
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    Johanna – I think it’s great that you take the stance of going to a team with the “best chance to win.” Personally, I would not have left almost $80MM on the table. Especially since i would have already had success and would have been part of a championship team.

    But here’s the thing…Jayson Werth almost had the last laugh last season. The Nats were a very good team that won the division and might have gone further in the playoffs if Strasburg was on the postseason roster (who knows???…???). And, yeah, they’re having their issues this season, too, but I wouldn’t count out the possibility that Jayson will maybe get another ring before it’s all over for him. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the Washington Nationals.

     
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      I hear ya Chuck A. That was a horrible decision to end Strasberg’s year last year (in my opinion). They were hot, and they missed out on a good opportunity. This year he’s been good but not all that great. Some teams have really rocked him. He’s certainly not better than Cliff Lee!

      Maybe my vision at the time Werth signed with the Nats was short sighted. I’m a fan can you blame me? LOL In retrospect, if he did sign with us, and had the same injuries – he would have been of no help anyway.

      As far as contracts go, this is how I feel – if you are making 20 million or 40 million or whatever, you are still a millionaire right? Me personally, I’d rather win. To me that’s the reason you play the game. I understand the reasons for taking the money, and I don’t place any judgement on someone who would, it’s just not what I personally would do. Obviously they promised him he would have a chance to win with them – and made good by building a good team.

       
 
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