The Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Florida Marlins in the final game of a four game series at Citizen’s Bank Park on Thursday afternoon. The game, played at 1pm, was the third game between the two teams in 24 hours, following a day/night double-header the day before. After blowout wins by the Phillies in the first two games of the series, Philadelphia was down to its final out on Wednesday evening, trailing by two. With runners on second and third, Shane Victorino knocked a hit up the middle to tie the game. The Phillies completed the comeback win in the bottom of the 10th inning on a walk-off hit by Carlos Ruiz.
With the series sweep, and a six game team win streak on the line Thursday, Cliff Lee took the mound for the Fightins (opposed by the Marlin’s Javier Vasquez). Although baseball is a team game, this day would be all about Cliff Lee.
Half way through the 4th inning, with the game still tied at zero, Lee drove in the first run of the game when he doubled to score Michael Martinez. Later, in the top half of the 5th inning (with two outs), Mike Stanton got the first hit of the game for Florida, breaking up Lee’s no-hitter bid. Heading into the bottom half of the inning, Lee had as many hits (1) and more RBI (1) than the entire Marlins team.
In the bottom of the 5th, Ryan Howard connected on a solo HR to make it a 2-0 Phillies lead. After Lee allowed no hits in the top of the 6th, Jimmy Rollins doubled to right field in the bottom half of the inning to score Dominic Brown and increase Philly’s lead to 3-0.
Lee only gave up one more hit on the day (in the 7th to Logan Morrison), but also got another hit at the plate, on his way to a two-hit, complete game shut-out of the Marlins. He finished the day tied with the entire Marlins team in hits (2) and his one RBI at the plate was more than he allowed in 9 innings on the mound.
With the win, the Phillies win streak extends to seven games as the team heads west to take on the Seattle Mariners in interleague play. Lee, who was traded from Philly to Seattle in his first go around with the team, will not pitch against the Mariners.
The Phillies hold the best record in baseball at 44-26. They are five games up on the Atlanta Braves in the division, and hold leads of 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 games over the Mets, Nationals, and last place Marlins.
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