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Phillies Finesse by the Angels Last Night

Philadelphia got off to a great start in the home series against the LA Angels last night as Cliff Lee showed why he is the Phillies ace of the staff.

Lee went 6 and 2/3 last night, keeping the LAA bats quiet at Citizen’s Bank Park. 

The brutal 2-3-4-5 combination of Trout,  Pujols, Howie Kendrick, and quickly rising star rookie first baseman CJ Cron,  were a combined 2-11 off Lee, as Lee scattered 5 hits through almost 7 innings while giving up 1 walk and striking out 9. 

Philadelphia was able to get to minor league call up Shoemaker early and Lee was able to protect the lead through 7.

Revere started the game with  leadoff double, Rollins advanced him to 3rd on a ground out to Cron and Utley singled in Revere to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the first.

In the 4th, Philadelphia added to the lead when Marlon Byrd tripled off the wall in center and Brown singled him in to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  Ruiz followed with a double scoring Brown and giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead.

That was all that Lee needed as he was able to get through the Angels scary looking lineup without incident through most  of the 7th.  When Lee gave up a 2 out walk to LAA leadoff hitter Aybar, Sandberg decided to make a move to the bullpen.  Jake Diekman was called upon to face Mike Trout.  Diekman blew 3 heaters past Trout to end the 7th and preserve the lead.

Phillies set up man, Mike Adams got the call in the 8th to work through the middle of the lineup and kept LAA off the bases retiring the heart of the order 1, 2, 3.

The Phillies had another rally in the bottom of the 8th as they looked to add to the 3-0 lead, but couldn’t score when the home plate umpire made a horrible call – calling Cody Asche out in a bang bang play at the plate.  However, there was a power outage last night at the New York Replay Command Center – so Sandberg was unable to challenge the call.  So we still had the 3-0 lead heading into the 9th.

Papelbon, who was deemed unavailable last night after complaining of soreness from throwing tennis balls at beer bottles Sunday afternoon at a charity event, got up on his own in the bullpen in the 8th and readied himself to be called upon in the 9th.  He came in for his closing duties – and did exactly what he is famous for - - - he struck out the side and nail down the home with for Cliff Lee and the Phillies. 

What a great game!!!

Yawn – what time is it?  Is it Tuesday Morning already???