Cliff Lee was welcomed to Philadelphia today by the fans. In his second start for the team, his first at home, Lee pitched extremely well. He went 7 innings and allowed only 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk. While not as spectacular as his first start in San Francisco where he went a full 9 innings, today’s start was more than acceptable and exactly what the Phillies were hoping to get out of the 2008 Cy Young winner.
Lee had some help; Jimmy Rollins went 3 for 4 at the plate and was just a home run short of the cycle. J-Roll also scored 2 of the 3 Phillies runs. Paul Bako, the Phillies back-up catcher, hit a solo home run in the game; it was his first homer since June of last year.
There were also several miscues in the game including an error by Lee, a ball missed by Ryan Howard that should have been an error, but was not scored as such, and J-Roll also missed a ball up the middle that he normally gets to. On top of that, the young Ben Francisco drew a walk in the 7th, only to get himself picked off at 1st base. Whoops! But through all the blunders, Lee remained calm and pitched through it. That, more than anything else, was very impressive.
Earlier today, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that JA Happ will stay in the rotation. How this will happen has not been disclosed, although Ruben did mention getting “creative” to solve the dilemma. Could “creative” mean he likes my 5 ½ man rotation idea?? Hmmmmm…..
Whatever the case, good news for Happ! Likely what happens next is Jamie Moyer starts against the Marlins this week and after that, the real fun of juggling these guys begins.
The Fish are coming to town! Tomorrow’s 7:05pm game start time has been pushed back to 7:35pm in order to hold a special ceremony to induct our beloved Harry Kalas into the Phillies Wall of Fame. It is sure to be an emotional day for all as Harry’s sons, friends and family of fans pay tribute to a Philly legend one more time. We still miss you, Harry!
And finally, here is the full Photo Album from today’s Phillies – Rockies match-up and Cliff Lee’s 2nd start.
Photos by Jenn