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Lee and Asche Lead Phils Over Mets

Posted by Alex Lee, Mon, August 26, 2013 10:07 PM | Comments: 16
2013 Game Recaps

Cliff Lee got his 11th win of 2013 on Monday night in New York. (AP Photo)

Cliff Lee got his 11th win of 2013 on Monday night in New York. (AP Photo)

The Phillies beat the Mets, 2-1, at Citifield on Monday night behind a stellar outing from Cliff Lee and a two-run triple by Cody Asche.  Lee was brilliant against a depleted New York lineup that was without third baseman David Wright, earning his 11th win of the season.  He was economical with his pitches (at least until the eighth) and fielded his position well, recording five outs himself on ground balls back to the pitcher.

The Phils’ bats struggled against rookie phenom Zack Wheeler, but Asche’s first career triple provided all the offense Lee would need.  After a Michael Young single and a Darin Ruf walk, Asche launched a 1-0 high fastball into the gap in right field.  It rolled all the way to the fence and Asche ended up on third base.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 22nd save on the year.  It was only the third save opportunity for Papelbon since the All-Star break.  The Phils have now won seven of nine.

VINTAGE CLIFF LEE

- Lee had his best start since May on Monday night, tossing eight innings and allowing only one earned run on five hits.  He faced three batters in six of his first seven innings and retired 10 consecutive hitters heading into the eighth inning.  Lee threw 121 pitches on the night, 84 of which went for strikes.  He struck out seven Mets.  It was Lee’s first win in his last nine starts.

- Lee had some misfortune in the second inning when he was charged with an earned run that was the result of Roger Bernadina misplaying a routine fly ball off the bat of Marlon Byrd.  Bernadina lost the ball in the lights and it dropped between him and John Mayberry Jr..  Byrd ended up at second and later scored on an Andrew Brown single.

- Laboring in the eighth inning, Ryne Sandberg and Rich Dubee decided to stick with Lee and it paid off.  After allowing a single and a walk, Lee appeared to be tiring quickly.  With only Justin De Fratus up in the pen, Lee hung tough and struck out Juan Lagares on a full count to escape the eighth unscathed.

ASCHE PROVIDES THE OFFENSE

- Asche extended his season-high hit streak to eight games in the second inning when he stung a Wheeler offering back up the middle for a single.  Two innings later, he laced his first major league triple into the right centerfield gap, plating two runs and giving the Phils a 2-1 lead.  Asche was flirting with the Mendoza Line a few weeks ago, but has since seemed to find his groove.  Now hitting .253, the 23-year-old’s progress at the plate is one of the critical things to watch on this roster in September.  He finished the night two for three with a walk, and is 11 for 29 (.379) during his hit streak.

- Wheeler stuck with his hard fastball most of the night, and the Phillies offense, without Domonic Brown, couldn’t do much with it.  Heading into Monday night, Wheeler was averaging nearly three walks per start.  The Phillies only managed one against the rookie, and it enabled him to get through 6.2 innings before being pulled.  Ruf was the only Phillie to draw a free pass against Wheeler.  Since being called up in July, Ruf has walked in 10.6 percent of his at-bats, the best mark on the team (entering play on Monday).  Chase Utley is the only other regular with a double-digit walk rate (10.4 percent).

DID YOU NOTICE?

- As if his work at the plate wasn’t enough, Asche made a slick backhanded play at third base to end the fifth inning on a ball hit hard to his right.

- The Mets sixth inning was also cut short courtesy of a fine defensive play by the Phillies.  Mayberry Jr. tracked a shot off the bat of Daniel Murphy to the warning track in right, reaching up at the last second to haul in the drive just in front of the 375-foot sign on the fence in right center.

- Dom Brown, sitting for the second consecutive night with a sore heel, made a pinch hitting appearance in the top of the ninth with a couple runners on.  While he popped out in his lone at-bat, Brown is reportedly feeling much better and should be back in the lineup in the next day or two.

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Was barbeque chicken with au gratin potatoes and green beans.

    Ahead of the mets.

    Amazin

     
  • Posts: 0 Whatever

    Phillies baseball feels like the old days when a vintage Cliff Lee is on the mound.

     
    • Posts: 0 Mike B.

      I was thinking that the past month was what actually felt like “the old days.”

       
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    I thought it was Bernadina who lost the ball on the double by Byrd.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Correct. Mayberry just didn’t realize it soon enough to get over and catch it.

       
      • Posts: 62 Alex Lee

        Avatar of Alex Lee

        You’re right. I updated the story. Thx

         
  • Posts: 0 Chuckie Manuel

    Sandberg is going to be a great motivator and an outstanding manager. Hopefully for Phils fans, Amaro will offer him a decent contract. A lot of teams would like to have this guy. I hope Amaro realizes this and gets on the ball

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Chuckie, what evidence is there that “a lot of teams would like to have this guy”? Wouldn’t they have hired him if that was the case?

       
  • Posts: 0 Rob

    The reports I’ve heard indicate Dom Brown has been dealing with Achilles soreness as opposed to the Hamstring soreness reported above. Either way, I hope whatever’s bothering him doesn’t linger…can’t wait ’till we get his bat back in the lineup. I love Chooch, but he’s not a cleanup hitter.

     
    • Posts: 62 Alex Lee

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      Thanks, fixed. I swear one of the announcers said he was dealing with hammy issues during his AB, but I checked and you’re right.

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Whether it is Sandberg’s doing or not, a combo of player synergy and that, or a bad team playing well, who cares?! The Phight’ins are fun to watch again and exciting, so kudos to Sandberg and the boys for providing some fun baseball in a disappointing season. Go Phils!

     
    • Posts: 4527 Lefty

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      I couldn’t agree more, who cares!

       
  • Posts: 0 Rabbi

    Asche looks like another Utley out there! He has a quick, short, level swing and a good eye at the plate. He hustles, has good speed, hits where the ball is pitched and is showing that he can field really well. of course, who can forget that FIRST play he made in his career – diving and snaring a ball destined for the left-field corner and coming up and throwing a BB to first. It’s no wonder that Mikael Franco is learning to play another position.

    You know, this team has a lot of potential to be real good next year. A line-up with Revere, Utley, Ruf, Brown, Asche, Rollins, Howard and Ruiz could be really productive.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    One thing for sure about the remaining days of trade possibilities. It’ll be a miracle if there’s an inter-league deal. It’s probably no different than any other year, and especially since they added the two card, but with the NL Central congestion as an example, how you gonna get a guy past NL waivers to even think about a deal with an AL club.

    And because of the Central logjam, it’s a guess where Marlon Byrd will head since he was claimed by an NL club.Seems like he’d be a valuble asset to the Pirates, but did he get that high up the list before claim city chimed in. One thing for sure. If he does get dealt today, the Phils set in NY gets easier. As it is, they’re probably no worse than a tossup to win the remaining 3 games. Doesn’t even mean they’ll win 2 of 3, but they have very representative shots in tonight and Thursday, and a favorable pitching matchup tomorrow.

    Yesterday, we mentioned Dan Haren, knowledge in tact about reports of Rizzo’s asking priece said to be high. No bleep, Burrlock. There are stll 4 days before the dealine. Time is on Rizzo’s side. Is he a difference maker that is worth good talent? For competitive purposes, somewhere between maybe and probably. Is he gonna help you beat CK and Zack in a series? Put it this way. Not on paper.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Good for Neil Huntington Extra talent, the flexibility to play with his possible post season roster, and the message to his clubhouse is one of let’s get this done. 5 wins and 82 is reality

      Now the Phils are better positioned for a sweep. That’d be fun.

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Bernadina CF,

    Rollins SS,

    Utley 2B,

    Kratz C,

    Young 3B,

    Ruf LF,

    Frandsen 1B,

    Mayberry RF,

    Kendrick P.

    We hold these truths to be self evident. Ryno is stuck on catchers hitting cleabup. You don’t need Howard to get healthy to know that he’s a lock to bat cleanup anytime he’s in the lineup.

    The Bernadina Fransden positions in the order are interesting, considering Niese. Not that Kevin’s hitting well of late.

    On his birthday week here, a year ago, Kyle Kendrick was in the midst of a quality start run that included 3-2 decision over Niese. Now, he’s in the middle of a streak where he cain’t get no quality start nohow, and is wartching his shot at a career high in wins reduce by the 5 day cycle. But if you paiud attention to his last 2 starts, he’s been better, especially against LA. He really needs a good start for a lot of reasons. It’d be a good night to nail it.

     
 
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