was a total domination by Cliff Lee against the New York Yankees in
World Series Game 1. The left handed pitcher, who was traded from the
Indians in July, pitched in a complete game with 80 strikes and 42
balls on Wednesday night.
Lee, who was a former Cleveland
Indian teammate and a close friend of Game 1 opponent CC Sabathia,
struck out two batters in the first and another two in the second
inning. He allowed an RBI, with extra base hit, for Derek Jeter in the
But in the fourth inning Cliff Lee did nothing
but strike out all batters in the box: Teixeira, A-Rod, and Posada. All
three struck out at least twice. A-Rod was struck out thrice.
The Yankees scored in the bottom of the ninth, but it was on throwing
error of shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Lee allowed 6 hits, no walk, and 10
Besides the ten strikeouts and no runs, two of
Lee’s impressive performances include a waiting-in-the-mound catch for
Johnny Damon’s pop-up in the sixth inning and the behind-the-back catch
when Robinson Cano hit the second pitch in the eight inning.
The 2008 Cy Young awardee started his game with a strikeout and ended
it with another strikeout. Both strikeouts were to World Series
veterans Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.
Cliff Lee did not just
secure the game for the Phillies, along with Chase Utley’s back to back
home runs, he also saved their bullpen. He now holds 3 starts with 3-0
wins in his 2009 post-season resume.
The defending champions beat the Bronx Bombers on 6-1 and now have a 1-0 lead in the 2009 World Series.
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the NLCS in the Dodger Stadium, the Phillies are back at home in
Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The whole universe must’ve
conspired together for the defending World Series champions. Perhaps it
was just Cliff Lee. And the Phillies.
to retire three Dodgers with a strike out to the third man on plate in
the top of the first inning.
The bottom of the first inning
may have started with a fly out in the right field, but it was followed
by successful hits and a rally of runs. Ryan Howard started the rally
with 2-run triple RBI that brought Shane Victorino, who hit a single,
and Chase Utley, who hit a double, to the home plate.
that was not enough, Jayson Werth hit a 2-run homer off Hiroki Kuroda’s
93 MPH fastball. The Phillies earned two more runs from Howard and
Werth. As the right fielder stepped on the plate, the Phillies were
4-0 on board.
Bottom of the second. Cliff Lee was out on a
sacrifice bunt to advance Carlos Ruiz from second base to the third.
After Jimmy Rollins hit double, Ruiz gave the Phillies another run.
Joe Torre had to replace Hiroki Kuroda with Scott Elbert. It was two
short but terrible innings for the Japanese starter.
yet. Scott Elbert gave them a back to back walk and caused Rollins to
move to third base on a wild pitch to Chase Utley. Shane Victorino was
on second base and Chase Utley on first.
first, Rollins gave his team another run. The Phillies were leading
with 6-0. With another run earned by the Phillies, Manager Torre was
back in the mound for his third pitcher. Chad Billingsley replaced
Elbert, and ended the inning with a strike out.
Cliff Lee kept
dominating the mound with two strikeouts in the 3rd inning, one in the
4th, 5th and 6th, two in the 7th and 8th. A total of 10 stike outs
including the third batter in first inning. He only gave up 3 hits, one
for Belliard and two for Ramirez.
Chad Billingsley also struck
out Phillies; he had Jayson Werth twice and Cliff Lee. the great The
last two were both on the fifth inning. It was the same inning that the
Phillies earned another runs, one from Raul Ibañez on Pedro Feliz’
triple who also scored on Carlos Ruiz’ line drive single in the right
The Dodgers were not able to make any runs, yet, and the Phillies were not yet done running to the home plate.
Victorino, who was 1-3 (single, walk, strike out), homered on a fly
ball to the right field. He scored the batterymen. Ruiz was walked
earlier followed by Cliff Lee who hit a single on a ground ball in the
centre field. They sealed 11 runs on board for the defending champions.
Dodgers pitched for the game giving up a total of 11 runs and 11 hits
while the Phillies only had Cliff Lee and Chad Durbin. The closer had 3
up, 3 down. No chance for a run.
Cliff Lee earned 2-0 record, 0.74 ERA, and more fans this post-season.
The Phillies still lead the NLCS with 2-1, but anything can happen in Baseball. You just have to beLEEve.
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