Cliff Lee’s, Debut in Philadelphia at CBP…

Cliff Lee made his debut in Philadelphia at CBP, the anticipation of the crowd was high, all things considered, the pressure on Lee must have been huge. After his shut out in San Francisco, would the fans be expecting to much and could Lee deliver another solid game in front of what is now his home crowd.

The first inning, he seemed to show a few nerves, but that was to be expected, what wasn’t expected was for J-Roll to miss-judge a ball and let it go into the outfield. This allowed a runner to be on 3rd with 1 out, setting up a fly ball RBI in the 1st for the Rockies. Yes it was a tough play for Jimmy, but he has made that play many times before, he sets his own standards and that wasn’t quite it.

It didn’t take Jimmy Rollins long to correct his earlier miss-judgment, he was hitting and running bases straight out of the gate. He didn’t need his red/orange shades to make himself look cool, he was doing that just by his actions.

His first 3 at bats he hit a single, double and triple, yes a cycle would have been nice, but for someone who less than 8 weeks ago was hitting right around the .200 mark and was struggling to even get to first base, was now producing multi hit games, stealing bases and scoring runs and that is the driving force leading the Phillies offense.

The Phillies scored in the bottom of the 1st Utley’s sac fly, driving Rollins in, then Bako hit a home run, his first of the year, in the 5th, followed by Victorino’s RBI hit to drive in Rollins again. Rollins finished 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored.

Lee may not have been the domination  machine he was in San Francisco, after all, we had that from Happ last night, but he did give the Phillies a solid 7 innings, with 112 pitches, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 9, great job Cliff Lee and I am sure the fans in Philadelphia will soon make you a fan favorite, it seems almost everyone else on the team is anyway.

The bullpen did there thing… HOORAY!!!… Madson pitched a solid 8th inning giving up just 1 hit, Lidge came out in the 9th to close the game out and collect his 21st save of the year, and do so giving up just 1 hit.

Phillies win the series with the Rockies 2-1 and since the Marlins chose to give the Nats a 4 runs in the 8th inning and go on to lose the game in Washington, the Phillies go to a 7 game lead in the NL East, of which I might add is currently the largest divisional lead, over a 2nd place team, in the majors, that may change by nights end.

The Phillies welcome Florida to won for a weekend series, and tomorrow night the Phillies workhorse Joe Blanton takes the mound in a bid to keep the Phillies winning home stand moving onward and upward.

Around the majors, well not around, around, just in New York, this for me is an interesting month, the Yankees and the Red Sox duel it out 7 times this month, why is that so interesting for me, well I have suggested, or maybe even predicted, a repeated October World Series match up between the Phillies and the Rays, therefore the need for the Yankees and Red Sox to beat each other up and give the Rays a chance to make up ground is crucial to my prediction becoming a reality…


12 Comments on “Cliff Lee’s, Debut in Philadelphia at CBP…”

  1. raysfanboy says:

    Yes! Let’s see those AL East behemoths destroy each other so that you and I can talk trash in October about how the Rays and Phils are going to do in the Series!!!
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com

  2. phillies_phollowers says:

    Seriously, such a relief to see Madson & Lidge finally getting it done! And without giving me a heart attack :O) Whew!

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

  3. Jane Heller says:

    Sounds like Lee has settled in nicely. First the great game in SF. Now a terrific home debut. Can’t ask for more than that! Meanwhile, over in the AL, I’m exhausted from watching hours of Yankees-Red Sox. Our games are always marathons.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  4. ibleedpinstripes says:

    I’m glad Cliff Lee is doing well after coming over from Cleveland. I’m certain he’ll be a fan favorite soon if he isn’t already. If you got a team more wins, I’m sure you’d be a fan favorite too! LOL.

    – Lisa
    http://perennialpinstriper.mlblogs.com/

  5. redstatebluestate says:

    I’d love to see the Rays get in due to the NY/BOS in-fighting; however, I would like the Cardinals to a) make playoffs b) beat your Phillies and c) give me a job. It looks like only one of those wishes are even remotely possible.
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
    http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

  6. indianslove says:

    Ick, well good for you guys. Glad Cliff Lee has been doing well for you. (: & Yeah, we have been doing pretty decent lately, despite everything. http://tribechick.mlblogs.com/ -TC

  7. carolmwl says:

    Hi, Peter,
    I’d like to see a repeat World Series of Phils vs Rays, too. I’m tired of the Yankees and Red Sox domination via Big Bucks. And God help me if I have to watch Yukilis dance at the plate again, before he swings. =)
    carol mlblogs.com How ‘Bout Those Phils?

  8. southernbelle says:

    Peter: Cliff Lee was surely a great pick up for your club. I’m glad to see him doing well. I wanted the Yankees to get him, but whatever. The Phillies got there first, I guess that’s fair. After all, the Yankees just can’t get EVERYBODY! 🙂 -Virginia
    http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

  9. crazy19canuck says:

    Peter, I think we’ll be fine keeping Zobrist. But thanks for the offer!
    Rays/Phillies in the Series again would be awesome! Yes, let’s do that again!
    Ginny
    http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

  10. diamondgirl55 says:

    Very nice! I wish our pitchers would do that well, boo!!!! xoxo http://diamondgirl55.mlblogs.com

  11. thatbaseballguy says:

    Lee’s performance really won over the fans in Philly and I think he will be very successful there in the future.
    -Dillon
    http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

  12. indians says:

    Another great start for Lee, What else is new?
    http://clevelandbaseball.mlblogs.com/


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