Cliff Lee’s eight innnings of two-hit pitching help lead the Phils to their first win of 2013 as they blank the Braves, 2-0.
The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Laynce Nix, leading off the inning, a double by Erik Kratz, with Nix stopping at third base, and a walk to Cliff Lee, and with nobody out, Nix would score on Ben Revere’s force out grounder to the shortstop, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, as Lee is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Kratz moved up to second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases once again loaded, after Revere steals second base, and Jimmy Rollins gets on base with a walk, and with one man still out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kratz, who beats the throw home, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being all the run the Phils would need as Lee would keep the Braves’ offense under control for eight shutout innings, allowing only three men to reach base, a two-out single in the bottom of the second to Dan Uggla, a one-out single by Justin Upton in the bottom of the fourth, before he is wiped out on a 6-3 doubleplay grounder hit by Freddie Freeman, and Gerald Laird who, in the bottom of the sixth, lead off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Utley, before being left stranded. Jonathan Papelbon would then take over in the ninth and collect his first save of the season as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw eight scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kris Medlen (0-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. Cory Gearrin, Jordan Walden and Anthony Varvaro combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Walden (1), Varvaro (1)) between them, while striking out only one Phil (Varvaro).
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double) had the other six Phils hits, as the offense continue to squander scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Utley, Michael Young, Cliff Lee) and two stolen bases (Revere (2), Rollins (2)) in the game.
The Phils (1-2, 4th NL East) begins their first series at home with an interleague series with the Royals (1-2, 5th AL Central) in a game already in progress.