Phillies vs. Rangers: Cliff Lee Masterful in Win Over Texas
After Roy Halladay notched a win for the Phillies in the first game of the series against the Texas Rangers, the two teams met again on Saturday evening at Citizen’s Bank Park. Cliff Lee got the start for the Phillies and faced off against the team he helped take to the World Series last season.
Much like the Phillies, the Rangers have suffered many injuries this season. Reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton, still on the DL, did not play.
Lee had a masterful performance. He pitched eight innings of shut out baseball, striking out ten Rangers. He also had a single and stole a base. It was the first stolen base by a Phillies pitcher this season.
Ryan Howard broke out of a long slump at the plate with two hits. Howard connected on a solo HR in the 2nd inning that put the Phillies up 1-0. Although that was all the offense they would need, they added an insurance run in the 6th inning (on an RBI single by John Mayberrry that plated Raul Ibanez), to eventually win 2-0. Domonic Brown saw his first action of the season at the major league level but went 0-4 in his 2011 debut. Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco each added two hits for Philadelphia.
Ryan Madsen pitched the 9th inning, and although he allowed a few base-runners, none of them were able to score; earning him his ninth save of the season. His ERA now sits at a stingy 0.47.
All in all the Rangers totaled six hits, three of them by Michael Young, and stranded fourteen runners over nine innings.
Starting pitcher Colby Lewis took the loss for the Rangers. He allowed both Phillies runs and scattered seven hits over 6.2 innings.
With a series win already locked up, the Phillies will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon as Roy Oswalt takes the mound for the Phillies. Beginning Monday, it’s back to National League action as the Phil’s host the Cincinnati Reds in a three game series.
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