Take a Load Off, Bullpen: Lee Goes Seven, Phils Win 10-0

Take a Load Off, Bullpen: Lee Goes Seven, Phils Win 10-0

Coming off a series featuring two agonizing late-game losses, the Phils
owed it to their fans tonight to win their first game against the Mets
by fifteen or more. Sadly, the Phillie Phaithful in attendance had to
content themselves with a 10-0 nail-biter, in which the Phillies only
hit two home runs and in which Cliff Lee allowed a staggering half-dozen
baserunners in just seven innings of scoreless work. Ingrates.

Down a pair of starters in Jimmy Rollins (groin) and Raul Ibanez (bald),
the Phils' offense showed no signs of shorthandedness tonight, as the
boys strung together ten runs (the first eight each coming with two
outs) on 11 hits, with Chase being the only starter to post an 0-fer.
The two fill-ins performed more than adequately, as Wilson "You Can't
Get Rid of Me That Easily" Valdez punched home the first run of the
night with a double in the second and John "Put Me In Coach, I'm Ready
to Play" Mayberry "(Today)" Jr. blew the game open with a two-run blast
in the third. And Hunter Pence continues to own the NL East, homering for the second time in three games and coming around to score each of the four
times he reached base.

But as it so often has this summer, the night belonged to Cliff Lee.
Blowing up Met hitters like you thought he would—with some help from
home plate ump Mike DiMuro on a third-strike call or two, including a
particularly comical punch-out of Philly whipping boy David Wright—Cliff
was beautiful for seven scoreless innings tonight, walking an
uncharacteristic three but only allowing three base hits and racking up
seven K's. And has practically become rote for him, the Phife Dog wowed
at the plate as well, singling to keep a rally going in the second and
nearly homering in his last at bat in the eighth—after which he was
taken out of the game, receiving a standing O for his two-way efforts.

The Braves seem on their way to a win against the hapless Cubs in
Chicago, so the Phils' lead in the NL East should hold at 6.5 tonight,
but man, have you guys seen how far the D'Backs and Giants have fallen
out west? Well into a weeks-long match of one-downsmanship, the two
clubs have sunk to 14 and 15 games behind the Phils, respectively—and
all Philly really has to do is beat one of them to ensure a playoff
spot. I'm not smart enough to figure out what their magic number is yet
for that one, but suffice to say, it's not nearly as high as it should
be for a season that still has a month-plus to go. (Oh, and they also
clinched a winning record for the year tonight, the team's ninth in a
row. Whatevs, yo.)

Tomorrow night, Vance Worley goes up against Jon Niese for a chance to
NO WE'RE NOT F--ING LOSING TWO SERIES IN A ROW. 7:05 first pitch from
CBP. It was a long weekend—let's give our bullpen another day of rest if
we can, huh?

Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

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Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.

A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.

Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.

Big Picture
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati

Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.

Up Next
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.

Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.

Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

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Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.

Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.

Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.

George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.

Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).