Cliff Lee, Freddy Galvis, and the Philadelphia Phillies pulled out an efficient 4-2 win tonight to take the second game of this three game series from the visiting San Diego Padres. Originally, Roy Halladay was supposed to pitch, but he has been battling illness lately, and Cliff Lee was called upon instead to face starter Eric Stults and the Padres. Both starters pitched well, but Lee shined once again tonight, striking out 9 Padres in 8 innings. Lee has been pitching very well lately, and tonight was no exception.
The game was scoreless through four innings, until the Padres got on the board in the top of the fifth. In his major league debut, first baseman Tommy Medica hit his first career home run to give the Padres the early lead. The Phillies came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth with a Freddy Galvis solo home run, his sixth of the year. The Phils and Padres traded solo home runs again in the sixth inning, with Jedd Gyorko homering for the visitors, while Jimmy Rollins went deep for the sixth time this season for the Phillies.
In the bottom of the seventh, Cesar Hernandez put the Phillies in front 3-2, driving home Freddy Galvis on a groundout. Galvis added an RBI on a groundout in the eighth inning to move the Phils in front 4-2. Jonathan Papelbon came in for the ninth inning, and shut the door on the Padres for his 26th save of the season.
While Stults pitched a good game – 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks and 5 strikeouts, Cliff Lee once again outpitched the opposition. In 8 innings, Lee allowed 5 hits, 2 earned runs, walked one, and struck out 9. Tonight’s gem brings Lee’s earned run average to under 3 for the first time since the All-Star Break. Lee has now won 3 of his last 4 starts, and moves to 13-6 on the season.
Freddy Galvis, who started in place of Chase Utley this evening, had a 3 for 3 night, and drove in half of the Phillies runs. Jimmy Rollins also had a two hit night, and hit his sixth home run of the year. Rollins has seen a major decline in power from last year to this year, as last year he had 23 home runs.
The Phillies move to 67-78 with tonight’s win, and the Padres fall to 66-78. Despite being 11 games below .500, the Phillies hold a 40-34 record at home, and are in third place in the relatively weak NL East, 2.5 games ahead of the Mets, and 9 games behind the Washington Nationals.
The series wraps up Thursday night as Roy Halladay is (supposed to be) starting against the Padres’ Tyson Ross. Game time is at 7:05, and this will be the last time these teams will meet until next season.
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