The Phillies offense could not get anything going tonight off of Marlins starter Alex Sanabia. That was until John Mayberry Jr took a 2-0 pitch out to left field to put the Phillies ahead 1-0. Despite hammering out seven hits over the course of nine innings, the Phillies could not put it all together to get Lee any more runs.
Lee was dealing tonight. He went nine innings allow just five hits, the lone run on Lopez’s homerun, and struck out twelve Marlins. He just seemed to have command of all his pitches tonight. From painting the black on the inside corner or backdooring Emilio Bonifacio on a curveball, Lee was in total control for 8 2/3 innings. Unfortunately, Lopez was swinging to tie the game and got a hold of one. Citizens Bank Park held its collective breath as they watched the shutout leave as the ball landed in the left field seats.
However, the big man had Cliff Lee’s back. After a four pitch walk to Michael Martinez, Ryan Howard worked a 3-1 count from Burke Badenhop. Badenhop followed with a pitch that Howard was able to take to the left center field alley. The ball landed and rolled to the wall. Michael Martinez was able to score standing to give the Phillies a 2-1 win.
Michael Schwimer got the W for the Phillies and they were able to cut their magic number down to 2. The Phillies could conceivably clinch tomorrow with a win AND a Braves loss. Vance Worley takes the hill at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies as the Cardinals counter with Jaime Garcia. First pitch slated for 7:05 pm.