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Who Is Excited to Stay Up Late and Watch the Phillies in San Diego?

Jun 24, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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I suppose after the weekend the Phillies had dropping a series to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park that was capped by a demoralizing loss yesterday, you wouldn’t lose your fan card for calling it a night and hitting the sack early instead of watching the Phillies take on the Padres in a 10:10 pm start. You might even be smart for getting some extra sleep.

Then again, Cliff Lee is pitching this evening. It’s always worth tuning in to watch the Phife dog do his thing.

Lee (9-2, 2.53) will take on San Diego lefty Eric Stults (6-5, 3.25). While the Phillies have struggled to get and stay at .500 (36-40), the Padres are right at the even mark (38-38). The Pads have fared well when Stults takes the hill at home this season. He’s 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA (13 ER, 40.1 IP) at Petco this season and the Padres are 5-1 in his six home starts, winning each of his last five.

The Cliff Lee game notes are pretty enjoyable to read:

- Streak Stopper: Is 7-1, 2.30 ERA (19 ER, 74.1 IP) in 10 starts following a Phillies loss this season; Phils are 8-2 in those 10 starts

- Has pitched at least 7.0 innings in each of his last 9 starts

- Has the 3rd-lowest road ERA among all ML starters this season
(1.80)

- Is 5-0, 1.57 ERA (8 ER, 46.0 IP) over his last 6 road starts

As for the bats, not as promising: Ryan Howard is not in the lineup due to a cranky knee.

Pen Issues: Mike Stutes was placed on the DL yesterday and RHP Phillippe Aumont was called up. Mike Adams is also seeing doctors and there are fears a labrum issue could require surgery. No official word on that yet.

  1. Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I hope none of you stayed up to watch that.

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    • Chamomiles Davis - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I turned the game off after Cliff struck out the batter to end the eighth inning. I assumed Papelbon would start the ninth and wrap everything up.

      Imagine my surprise reading the Sports section this morning. Now I know how Dr. Evil felt.

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  2. Von9 - Jun 25, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    The Return of Brad Lidge…

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  3. IlliniGlory - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I literally want to cry after last night.

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  4. BenE. - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Not as crazy as the ending to the Stanley Cup Finals but just as big of a choke job.

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  5. Mike - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I fell asleep during the 8th. Can somebody tell me why Charlie put Chad Durbin into pitch the 9th?

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  6. Hiccup - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I stayed up and watched the entire game… regrettably. Hindsight makes it easy to say Charlie might of made a bad move letting Lee bat then pitch the ninth.
    I couldn’t help noticing all the assistant coaches hovering around Charlie towards the end of the game.

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