Monday, August 27, 2012

2012 Topps Archives #108 Cliff Lee

Phillies 4, Nationals 1
Game 128 - Sunday Afternoon, August 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 61-67, 3rd Place, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Cliff Lee notched his first home win of the year, pitching seven solid innings and adding an RBI-double for good measure, as the Phils completed the sweep of the Nationals, 4-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies are playing good baseball.  They just started to kick it in 4 1/2 months too late.

What Went Right:  Lee allowed a lone run on seven hits while striking out five in his impressive outing.  His RBI-double in the fifth broke the 0-0 tie, and he came around to score on Jimmy Rollins' 15th home run of the season.  Laynce Nix added a solo home run in the sixth for a little breathing room.

Josh Lindblom recorded the final five outs of the game for his first career save.

Featured Card:  I hope to feature a few more of Lee's 2012 baseball cards before the season ends and if he pitches more like he did yesterday, I will.  This is his card from the Topps Archives release, featuring the 1980 Topps design.  It's not bad, but I'm partial to my own version.

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