Sep 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT
Perhaps the biggest positive of the final few weeks of the Phillies season has been the return to dominance of Cliff Lee. He was never nearly as bad as some may have thought earlier in the season — he was actually pretty good all along — but luck simply wasn’t going his way. But now that he’s seemingly locating at will and using all of his pitches effectively, he’s been dominant.
Cliff pitched eight fantastic innings on Monday night against the Mets on the way to a 3-1 Phillies victory to move them to within 3.5 of the final wild card spot.
The offense was led by a big night from Jimmy Rollins. He got things going early in the first with a little hustle after striking out in his first at bat but getting on base with a past ball on strike three. He eventually scored on a fly ball to shallow center with some aggressive base running.
Jimmy and Dom Brown added solo shots later in the game to give Cliff some room. They were two of the stranger home runs at CitiField. J-Roll’s was actually ruled a triple at first before being reviewed by the umps while Dom’s bounced off the top of the wall and over.
Full recap of the win here.
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