Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter #290 Cliff Lee

Phillies 3, Reds 0
Game 132 - Wednesday Night, August 31st in Cincinnati

One Sentence Summary:  Cliff Lee followed up on Roy Halladay's dominant pitching performance with an almost complete game victory as the Phils won, 3-0.

What It Means:  The Phillies are 86-46 and they maintain a 7 1/2 game lead in the East.

What Went Right:  Lee (15-7) closed out a phenomenal August by scattering six hits while walking one and striking out seven over 8 2/3 innings.  He loaded the bases in the ninth before Ryan Madson recorded his 25th save on two pitches.  Lee finished with a 5-0 record in August and a 0.45 ERA for the month.  That's pretty good.

Reds starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis (0-4) battled all night and his only real mistake was a 6th inning home run surrendered to Hunter Pence.  The Phils manufactured their other solo runs in the first and seventh innings.

Featured Card:  Here's Lee's horizontal card from this year's Allen & Ginter release.

Transaction:  The Phils acquired outfielder John Bowker this afternoon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.  Bowker will provide another left-handed bat off the bench down the stretch.  Reliever Michael Schwimer was optioned back to Triple-A to open up a roster spot.

WANTED - A picture of Bowker in his Phillies uniform.  He's card #49 in the 2011 Chachi set and I have a feeling it's going to be tough finding a good picture to use.

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