Lee: 000 000 000….again
If Cliff (5-0, 0.27 ERA) isn’t the NL Pitcher of the Month for June, there needs to be an investigation by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The highest scoring team in the American League came to town on Tuesday and all Cliff did was pile on zeroes, his third straight complete game shutout. Last Phillies pitcher to do that was Robin Roberts in 1950 (July 22-30).
His scoreless streak is now 32 innings, longest for the Phillies since reliever Larry Andersen had 33 in 1984.
So, Cliff finishes June allowing one run in 42 innings. That’s filthy.
Oh, one more thing, he drove in a run but a pair of two-run homers, one from Domonic and the other from Shane, gave him a cushion. His five wins this month have been 3-1, 7-1, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0. Phillies top three starters now have 9, 9, 10 wins.
Tuesday is the only day of the week in which the Phillies have a losing record, 3-9. Cliff owns one of those losses, May 31, 10-2, to Washington. That was his last defeat.
Club record for consecutive shutouts is four by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911 . . . Phillies have 50 wins in 80 games. Last time they did that in 50 or fewer games was 1993, #50 coming in that club’s 71st game . . . Phillies ERA in interleague play is 6.64 . . . Win was Charlie’s 594th with the Phillies, putting him in a third-place tie with Danny Ozark . . . Of the seven relievers in the Phillies bullpen, five have pitched for Lehigh Valley this season . . . Phillies became the first team to reach 2 million in attendance.
Down On The Farm
RHR Michael Schwimer recorded his 4th save in Lehigh Valley’s 6-3 win at Buffalo . . . CF Derrick Mitchell’s 3-run homer (#13) capped a 6-run ninth that lifted Reading to a 9-7 win at Altoona . . . RHS Jonathan Pettibone (7-5) took the loss in Clearwater’s 7-1 defeat at Lakeland . . . Lakewood lost, 4-3, in 14 innings at Hagerstown. RHR Chase Johnson fanned 4 in 4 hitless, scoreless innings . . . Williamsport lost its second straight in Auburn, 6-1. They’ve been outscored 19-9 in the 2 games . . . With 6 different players getting 2 hits each, the Gulf Coast League Phillies coasted to a 9-2 win against the Pirates.
Today in Baseball
1916: The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played a nine-inning game with just one baseball. That’s very hard to believe.
1961: With three home runs at Philadelphia, including a tenth-inning shot to win 8-7, Willie Mays becomes the fourth major-league player with three or more home runs twice in one season. Manager Gene Mauch’s efforts to conceal his starting pitcher and force Alvin Dark’s hand has a Phillies lineup including hurlers Don Ferrarese (batting leadoff, playing center field), Jim Owens (third, right field), Chris Short (seventh, catcher), and Ken Lehman (ninth, pitcher) against San Francisco. When Dark sends a lefty to the mound, Mauch replaces Ferrarese. Dark then replaces Billy O’Delll with Sam Jones. Mauch replaces Lehman with Dallas Green after two batters. All the maneuvering takes three hours and twenty (20) minutes
1987: In the first game of Philadelphia’s doubleheader sweep of Pittsburgh, Steve Bedrosian records his twelfth consecutive save (in twelve appearances) to break the major-league record set by Sparky Lyle in 1975.