Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Phils shutout Strasburg, Nats 8-0

August 1, 2012

Box Score (Courtesy of, US Presswire
The Phillies went into Tuesday night's game with an outfield minus Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

Both players were traded away earlier in the day and Cliff Lee, who was the subject of trade rumors himself, was scheduled to start.

How did he respond? Seven shutout innings, only one walk, five hits, and seven strikeouts.

Lee (2-6) earned his long overdue second win of the season on a night where not only the pitching showed up, but the bats as well.

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg had a short outing, going only four innings where he allowed eight hits and six earned runs.

Triple-A recall Kevin Frandsen hit a two-run homer in the second to get the scoring started for the Phils. Then Juan Pierre made it 3-0 after stealing second and third in the third inning and reaching home when Jesus Flores made a throwing error to third.

Cliff Lee also had a good offensive night to go on top of his excellent outing, going 1 for 3 and recording an RBI when he scored John Mayberry Jr. in the fourth.

Lee also stole second for the second time in his career following the RBI.

Jimmy Rollins tacked on two more runs to the Phillies lead when he hit a ball off of the right field wall that Bryce Harper attempted to catch.

Harper crashed into the wall, missed the ball, and Both Lee and Rollins made it home to make it 6-0 in the fourth.

Rollins recorded the fourth inside the park home run of his career and his first since 2007.

The Phillies scored two more runs in the ninth to win by a final of 8-0.

Extras: After the game, Phillies Beat Writer Todd Zolecki tweeted that pitchers Joe Savery and Jake Diekman were optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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