The Cliff Lee Show
TV Guide’s current edition previews the new fall TV shows. Well, add another: The Cliff Lee Show.
Cliff is closing out the season in style, typical of his track record. He was the hitting star (two singles, first career triple, four RBI) and pitching star (two runs, 0 walks, 14 strikeouts) last night. The only thing he didn’t do was cook the dollar hot dogs.
This month, he’s 3-0, 1.88 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 24 innings. Since 2008, he’s 41-19 after the All-Star Game break.
His RBI total was the most for a Phillies pitcher since Robert Person drove in seven 11 years ago. It also matched the major league high this season (Cubs’ Travis Wood).
The 14 strikeouts increased Cliff’s season total of 201, the third straight season he’s topped that mark. Steve Carlton did it seven times, Jim Bunning and Grover Cleveland Alexander, four times each. It was Cliff’s 27th double-digit strikeout game, 23rd in a Phillies uniform. Lefty’s the club’s all-time leader, 70
And typical of his approach to pitching, he threw 84 strikes out of 113 pitches.
Chase is the Phillies’ nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award which will be presented during the World Series. Chevrolet is the sponsor and beginning today, fans may participate in the selection process by voting on http://www.ChevyBaseball.com.
Two Phillies have won the national award, Greg Luzinski in 1978 and Garry Maddox in 1986.
30 years ago, a Phillies team dubbed the “Wheeze Kids”, got hot in September and won the National League pennant. New feature that covers that bizarre season is on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Also new on the page is a vintage photo of Dick Allen and Hank Aaron at an old-timers game at the Vet.
September 17, 1900–Cincinnati SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at third in a game at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phillies clubhouse, where reserve catcher Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher’s signs and relays them to the Phillies coach by using a buzzer hidden in the dirt.
September 17, 2001–Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen rips two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5-2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to hit two home runs in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.
September 17, 2011–Phillies beat St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, at Citizens Bank Park and wrap up Eastern Division championship for fifth straight year and it was their 11th Eastern Division championship.