Cliff Lee will hope to relive October 18th, 2009
Mar 31, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee pitches in an opening day baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Global Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
As 36-year-old Cliff Lee is certainly in the home stretch of his career, he’ll hope to have more chances to pitch in the postseason with the Philadelphia Phillies.
On October 18th, 2009 Lee threw a 3-hit gem as the Phillies absolutely trounced the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0 in game three of the National League Championship Series. Lee’s run support came right away as the Phillies put up four runs in the first.
Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino each batted in three runs while Jayson Werth drove in a pair himself.
After the game Lee said he never doubted himself and there was little doubt from the Philadelphia Phaithful seeing as the sellout crowd at Citizen’s Bank Park was chanting well before the southpaw threw a single pitch.
Many fans were mocking Manny Ramirez for his suspension earlier in the 2009 which he received for taking banned substances. Ramirez had two of three hits by the Dodgers.
The Phillies moved to 2-1 in the 2009 NLCS, a series they would of course win.
On the same date in 1980 the Phillies lost game four of the 1980 World Series to the Kansas City Royals.
Both teams had 10 hits each with Pete Rose and Larry Bowa each having multi-hit games.
The 5-3 game which evened the series at 2-2, was a forgettable one for Phillies’ starter Larry Christenson. The righty recorded just one out.