Game 74 - Sunday Night, June 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 34-40, 5th Place, 9 games behind the Nationals
Vacation Catch-Up - Part 3 of 9
What It Means: I barely paid much attention to this game, as once the Rays had the lead it just seemed as if the Phils weren't going to be able to get back into the ballgame. My hunch was correct.
What Went Wrong: Lee allowed five runs in his seven innings of work and the offense went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position. It was a bullpen game for the Rays and other than Placido Polanco's two RBI doubles, the offense looked lethargic, once again.
Featured Card: This is a stretch, I know, but hear me out. Lee is now in dubious company, becoming just the second former Cy Young Award winning in history to be winless through at least 12 starts in a subsequent season. (Per the MLB.com game summary write-up.) The other pitcher was Vida Blue, who started the 1983 season with an 0-5 record after 14 starts with the Royals.
This is the only Blue card in my Phillies collection. If you tilt your computer screen just right, you'll see that Blue shares this card with former Phillies Fernando Valenzuela and John Denny.
(Please leave a comment if you actually tried tilting your computer screen to see the other two pitchers. I could use a pick-me-up now that my vacation is over.)