Cain vs. Unable: A Total Waste of Lee’s Performance
The Phillies awful offense was unable to scratch out a single run for their pitcher who battled through 10 innings of work against the Giants. Cliff Lee became the first pitcher to go 10 shutout innings in a losing game since Brett Saberhagen of the Mets lost to San Diego in 1994. I am pretty sure this is not a record he was interested in setting.
But against Giant’s pitcher Matt Cain, the Phillies offense seemed uninterested in hitting. They managed just 4 hits. They had a shot to score in the 10th after Carlos Ruiz doubled and was sent to third with a sacrifice bunt by Freddy Galvis. But Jim Thome struck out and John Mayberry Jr. grounded out.
Lee was finally pulled after 10 innings and Antonio Bastardo took over in the 11th. After Bastardo coaxed what should have been a double play ball out of Brandon Belt, Ty Wiggington at 3rd fumbled and everyone was safe. Then Melky Cabrera did what the Phillies could not all series long; take advantage of a mistake. His single scored the only run in the game for a Giants win.
You cannot blame Wiggington for the loss, although he did not help. But why was Placido Polanco not put in for defense this late in a game where the starting pitcher put in such an amazing effort? And where were the bats? Lee deserved a better effort than this.
The Phillies have now lost 2 straight series and continue to dig themselves a huge hole early in the season. As for the National League East, the Phils are dead last. Looks like it is going to be a long season…
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