Cliff Lee Throws Third Straight Shutout


Cliff Lee has given up one run in June.  After tonight, Lee has thrown three straight complete game shutouts becoming the first Phillie to accomplish the feat since Robin Roberts did it in 1950.

The Cardinals and Red Sox represent two of the better hitting clubs in major league baseball as the Cardinals are second in the national league in runs scored and lead in batting average, while the Red Sox lead the american league in every offensive category.  Both of these teams fell victim to the handsome Arkansas native.

Lee held the Red Sox hitless until a fifth inning single by Marco Scutaro who was quickly dispensed of with a double play.  One player reached second base as Darnell McDonald led off the eighth inning with a double.  To state the obvious, Lee is really good.

Josh Beckett came into the game leading major league baseball with an earned run average under two.  The Phillies have had a consistently inconsistent offense thus far, but managed to score five runs off of Beckett.  Josh Beckett is a pitcher that I do not like very much.  He always strikes me as a petulant perpetual child, stamping his feet and bitching every time something does not go his way.  Tonight certainly did not go Beckett’s way.  Expect some sort of whiny pantsed complain a thon from the Red Sox right hander.

Domonic Brown and Shane Victorino smacked two run home runs and Cliff Lee knocked in Brown with a sacrifice fly to account for the scoring today.  After his trial by booing in right field after he didn’t run out a ground ball against the A’s, Brown seems hell bent to show everyone that he is going to hustle and play the game the right way.  It is so difficult to make character assessments basted on the five minute clips of athletes being interviewed, but Brown really seems like a nice kid.  It also looks like once he starts to figure out major league pitching, this kid has the chance to be scary good.  The home run he hit today was a 400 foot line drive.

Tomorrow, Vance Worley goes for the Phillies in an attempt to last more than six innings.  The Red Sox love to take pitches so hopefully Vance can find the strike zone.  John Lackey goes for the Red Sox and is fucking awful.  Imagine the amount of shit Rueben Amaro would catch if he signed that pile of crap.