Now that is more like it. No rain, no runs, no game winning home runs, no Ryan Zimmerman ruining everything. The Phillies bounced back from a tough weekend in Washington by kicking the living hell out of the New York Mets. Sure, some of the luster has disappeared from beating the Mets as they are a slightly below average baseball team, but it is still nice to watch David Wright strike out.
Cliff Lee continued his fantastic August by hurling seven shutout innings tonight, allowing only three singles and striking out seven Mets. He is really good. Lee also matched and passed his season high for strikeouts. David Herdon pitched the eighth and ninth innings to finish off the Phillies 17th shutout of the season.
Dillon Gee has been one of the biggest surprises in the Met’s rotation this season. He leads all rookies in a bunch of pitching categories including wins with eleven. The Phillies jumped all over the right handed and tagged him for eight runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. He walked six Phillies and was absolutely awful. Again it is still really fun to watch the Mets struggle. It seemed that the only guy that Gee could get out was Ryan Howard. Gee struck out Howard three times which were the only batters that he punched out.
Hunter Pence went 2-3 with a homer and four runs scored, Placido Polanco returned from the DL to got 2-4 and John Mayberry Jr. continued to make Raul Ibanez obsolete by hitting a three run home run. 10-0 Phillies. Charlie took the opportunity to get his starters some rest as Ross Gload and Michael Martinez saw some time at the close of this one. This sure does feel better than a blown ninth inning lead.
Vance Worley versus the guy who I thought was starting today in Jon Niese tomorrow.