Notes From The Phillies’ 7-4 Loss To San FranciscoBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
- Cliff Lee was rusty in his return to the rotation, allowing six runs on 12 hits through 5.2 innings.
- Lee pitched decently through the first five innings, allowing only three runs, but things fell apart for the veteran in the sixth when he allowed three runs on four hits including a two-run homer and a double.
- The Phillies offense showed a little bit of pulse last night, picking up 14 hits.
- Six of the team’s starters picked up multiple hits.
- Grady Sizemore started again in center field, and went 1-5, keeping his hitting streak alive.
- Jimmy Rollins went 2-5 with a two-run single in the second inning.
- Chase Utley went 2-5 with a couple of singles.
- Ryan Howard went 2-5, and knocked in two runs in the fourth with a single.
- Marlon Byrd went 2-5.
- Cody Asche had a three-hit night, finishing 3-4.
- Cameron Rupp went 2-4 and scored a run.
- Justin De Fratus recorded the final out of the sixth inning.
- Antonio Bastardo struck out two in a scoreless seventh.
- Jeff Manship allowed a run to score in the eighth.
- Mario Hollands worked a clean ninth.
Cliff Lee’s return seemed to give the offense a bit of a jolt, but Lee wasn’t sharp at all in his return.
Lee struggled to hit his spots, fell behind too many batters, and gave up a ton of hits.
Maybe its just rust, and a product of not pitching in the majors in nearly two months, but it wasn’t a very encouraging return for Lee. Its hard to imagine the Phillies parting with him at the trade deadline at this point, simply because his value just isn’t there right now.
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