Cliff Lee Pitched So the Phillies Won, Obviously

Cliff Lee Pitched So the Phillies Won, Obviously

As we told you prior to this evening's game, the world is not ending -- we repeat: NOT ending, Phillies fans. Because Cliff Lee pitched tonight. And he was fantastic once again.

Lee was on top of his game for the second time this season, pounding the strike zone early and often. The Mets were on top of his aggressiveness early, stringing together eight hits off of him overall, but Lee was able to mostly avoid any serious damage.

A Lee offering to John Buck was his only real bad mistake of the night. Buck put one into the seats in right field in the fourth inning. That was Lee's only earned run of the evening. A very inexcusable throwing error from Jimmy Rollins to the previous batter cost him another.

The offense came through early in this one as well, allowing Lee to really stay in attack mode. The Phillies opened up for four runs in the second inning after John Mayberry knocked in Michael Young and Dom Brown who both reached on singles. Cliff Lee then helped his own cause, knocking in JMJ to make it 3-0. Ben Revere then knocked in Lee to make it a cool 4-0.

The third inning saw three solo shots from Ryan Howard (oppo), Young, and Mayberry Jr.

A 7-0 lead at that point would pretty much be the ball game.

One other interesting note: After legging out a triple earlier in the game, Young found himself just a double shy of the rare cycle. He had a chance in the seventh inning, but grounded out to short.

Lee's final line: 8.2 IP, 3 runs, 2 earned, 8 hits, 6 Ks, 0 BBs. Fans kind of booed when Charlie decided to pull Lee with two outs in the ninth after allowing two batters to reach on singles in favor of Mike Adams. It was more funny than anything else.

Adams got the job done with just three pitches and the Phillies got their third victory of the season.

more on the game later... what'd you see tonight that you liked?

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Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

Maikel Franco day to day with sore wrist

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).

Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).

“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).

Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.

Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.

“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

Source: Brayden Schenn spurns Flyers' 2-year offer, wants $5.5 million

It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration. 

A source tells Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.

Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.

Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.

General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.

Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P