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Cliff Lee Gets His First Win as Phillies Dominate Mets
Posted By Matt LaCoille On Jul 5 2012 @ 11:34 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments
Winning has never felt so good for Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies. Lee has gone the first thirteen starts of his season without a victory, a rare occurrence for the former All-star pitcher.
“I would’ve love to have had a win a long time ago,” “Sometimes weird things happen.” said Lee.
Typically, Gatorade showers are saved for championships and momentous occasions, but teammates Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels didn’t hesitate to reward their good friend for what hopes to be an end to a horrible and unfortunate start of the season for Lee.
It didn’t look so positive for Lee throughout the game however as the Phillies trailed 2-0 to the Mets going into the seventh inning, in an all too familiar setting for the Phillies this season. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz homered back to back to get the Phillies back into it, and Ty Wigginton’s two-run home run in the ninth finished the surge of offense that resulted in a 9-2 victory for the Phillies.
Lee showcased his talent in the old Cliff Lee fashion, going eight innings, striking out nine. For the last place Phillies, who are thirteen games behind Washington in last place, it is necessary that all Lee, Halladay, and Hamels begin to dominate their NL East opponents, especially with trade rumors swirling around about the potential of breaking up the three pitchers, to strengthen other positions in an attempt to alter the Phillies horrid start. Some have even begun to believe that the Phillies might just be giant sellers at the trade deadline July 31, but knowing Charlie Manuel and the leaders of that clubhouse, they will do everything in their power to get back to their usual winning ways. But that still leaves to question, should they blow up the core to strengthen for the future, or hope to finish the season strong and make a playoff run.
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