I’m not saying that Lee can’t be beat in penalty kicks, either. Cause I have no idea. But it wouldn’t surprise me that much if it proved to be true. Lee homered in the seventh last night, driving in what would prove to be the winning run, and threw eight shutout innings as the Phils topped the Dodgers 2-1.
After allowing one run in 42 innings in June, Lee had an off July in which he threw to a 4.91, but has now thrown 15 shutout innings to start August.
With the win, the Phils improve to 11-1 over their last 12 games. They have allowed more than three runs in a game once in their last nine times out. They’ve gotten six quality starts in a row and quality starts in 12 of their last 15 games.
The Phillies are 76-40 for the year after beating the LA Dodgers 2-1 last night. They are 36 games over .500 for the first time on the year and lead the NL East by 8 1/2 games.
Lee got the start for the Phillies and went eight shutout innings, allowing four singles and two walks. He struck out ten and dropped his ERA on the year to 2.83.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first and singled. He stole second before moving up to third on a bunt single by Jamey Carroll. Lee struck Andre Ethier out swinging 2-2 and Matt Kemp out swinging 1-2. Carroll stole second before Lee got Aaron Miles to pop to Howard in foul territory and leave both runners stranded.
No run for the Dodgers after putting men on first and third with no outs. Big strikeouts for Lee of Ethier and Kemp.
Lee struck out Tony Gwynn and Rod Barajas setting the Dodgers down in order in the second.
He threw a 1-2-3 third with a 1-0 lead.
He struck Ethier and Kemp both out again in a 1-2-3 fourth.
Casey Blake started the fifth with a single, but Lee struck Barajas and Gwynn both out behind him. The pitcher Ted Lilly grounded to second for the third out.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the sixth and put down a beautiful bunt between the mound and first base. Howard made a great play, fielding the bunt and diving to tag Gordon for the first out. Carroll followed that with a single to right, but Lee got Ethier on a ground ball to second and Kemp on a popup to first to end the inning.
Lee pitched the seventh with a 2-0 lead. He walked Barajas with two outs, but struck Gwynn out behind him to leave Barajas at first.
Switch-hitter Eugenio Velez hit for Lilly to start the ninth and Lee walked him on a 3-2 pitch. Gordon was next and aggravated a right-shoulder injury fouling off a pitch during his at-bat. Trent Oeltjen hit for him and grounded into a double-play that cleared the bases. Lee struck Carroll out to end the inning.
Madson started the ninth with a one-run lead and gave up a leadoff single to Ethier. Kemp followed with a ground out to third with Ethier forced at second for the first out. Righty Juan Rivera hit for Miles and grounded to second for the second out with Kemp moving up to second. Blake was next and he singled into left. Kemp scored from second, cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Madson struck Barajas out swinging 1-2 to end the game.
Madson threw 17 pitches in the game and has thrown for two days in a row. He gets hurt by the leadoff single by the lefty Ethier in this game, but he’s fared well against lefties for the year. They are hitting just 206/296/296 against him for the season.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Ted Lilly went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Pence (6) Mayberry (7) Ruiz (8) Valdez. Mayberry in left with Ibanez on the bench against the lefty. Valdez at third with Martinez on the bench and Polanco sidelined with a sports hernia.
Rollins and Victorino singled back-to-back to start the game, putting men on first and second with nobody out for Utley. Utley hit a liner to short and Gordon made a fantastic play, short-hopping the ball, tagging Rollins and tossing to second to complete the double-play. It left Utley on first with two outs. He stole second before Howard grounded to Blake at first to set the Phillies down.
The Phils went in order in the second.
Valdez led off the third with a single and Lee bunted him to second with the first out. Rollins was next and he blooped a 1-1 pitch over Blake at first that rolled and rolled in right. Valdez scored from second to put the Phils up 1-0 and Rollins had a double. Victorino was next and was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Utley grounded to the pitcher with Victorino forced at second for the second out and Rollins moving up to third. Howard grounded to short for the third out.
Two hits in two at-bats for Rollins — this one got the job done even if it wasn’t particularly majestic. Lee gets the bunt down to move Valdez up to second. He would come through with the bat later in the game as well.
Ruiz reached second on an error by Carroll with two outs in the fourth, but Valdez flew to right behind him.
Rollins walked with one out in the fifth, but Victorino popped to third and Utley flew to center to leave him at first.
With one out in the sixth, Pence singled into center on a ball deflected by Carroll at second. Mayberry was next and grounded to the pitcher for the second out, with Pence moving up to second. Ruiz grounded to second to end the frame.
Valdez grounded out to start the seventh. It brought Lee to the plate and he hit a 2-0 pitch out to right, putting the Phils on top 2-1. Rollins and Victorino went down behind him.
The Phils went in order in the eighth and again in the ninth.
Rollins 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Over his last seven games he’s 8-for-27 with five walks and a .406 on-base percentage.
Victorino 1-for-3. 371/467/640 in his last 107 plate appearances (which have included a little more than two weeks on the DL).
Utley was 0-for-4 and left five men on base. 3-for-his-last-16 with three singles.
Howard 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-21 with a walk, a double and 11 strikeouts.
Pence 1-for-4 and struck out twice. 3-for-his-last-11 with a walk. The Phillies are 10-1 in the game he’s played with them this year. He’s hitting 356/388/556 in 49 plate appearances for the Phils. Likes to dive a lot.
Mayberry 0-for-4. 6-for-his-last-21 with four home runs. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last 57 plate appearances.
Ruiz 0-for-4 with a strikeout. 3-for-his-last-18 with three singles.
Valdez 1-for-4 with a single. 250/298/338 in 572 plate appearances with the Phillies over the last two seasons.
Vance Worley (8-1, 2.35) faces righty Chad Billingsley (10-9, 4.17) this afternoon. Billingsley has allowed 15 runs in 24 innings over his last four starts, throwing to a 5.63 ERA. Lefties have had a lot of success against him for the year. They haven’t hit for a ton of power, but have a .272 batting average and a .372 on-base percentage against Billingsley for the season. Worley has allowed more than two runs in a start just once in his last nine outings. The Phils are 11-2 in the games he’s started this year.