LA (also known as Larry Andersen) had an interesting observation of Cliff Lee during last night’s broadcast: “He didn’t come here as advertised. He’s better.”
Don’t know if a person can pitch any better than Lee has since he put on a Phillies uniform. His key is simple, run to and from the mound, get the ball, throw the ball and throw strikes. Reminds me of two other Phillies lefties, Steve Carlton and Jim Kaat. They both worked fast.
Normally, a pitcher should throw twice as many strikes as balls. Last night Lee threw 81 strikes and 25 balls.
The ninth-inning last night had the same atmosphere as the World Series games last fall. The sellout crowd was on its feet cheering every Lee pitch. Wonder what it is like to be standing on the mound in the middle of a baseball field and here such fan passion. I’ll never know.
At times the offense is frustrating, stranding runners in scoring position. Last night, the strength of the offense stepped forward with four homers. Two pitches and the Phillies had four runs in the fifth inning. Wonder what it is like to stand on the mound and see your pitch land in the seats 400 feet away. I’ll never know.
Joe Blanton goes for his first win this month in the series finale tonight. Phillies are 9-7 this month and Joe is 0-2 for three starts. He’s given up six earned runs in 20.2 innings but winless.
After the game, the Phillies will board two buses for a trip up the New Jersey Turnpike and a four-game series with the Mets that starts tomorrow night and ends Monday afternoon.
Minor League Notes
Reading Phillies pounded out 20 hits and won, 18-1, last night in Portland . . . Clearwater Threshers pounded out 17 hits and lost, 10-7, at Lakeland . . . Lakewood is “freshening up the crab (logo)” . . . Three minor leaguers won MiLB.com weekly awards last week.
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