Phillies-Reds game notes: Lee vs. Willis

Phillies-Reds game notes: Lee vs. Willis
August 31, 2011, 3:22 pm
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Phillies (85-46) vs. Reds (67-68), 7:10 p.m. on CSN

Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Cliff Lee (14-7, 2.71) has allowed just two earned runs on 17 hits in his last 31 innings on the mound. The Phils have won each of his last five starts, and in his last outing, Lee tossed seven scoreless innings in a 10-0 victory over the Mets.
Reds: Since being called up to the majors on July 10, Dontrelle Willis (0-3, 4.10) has had his ups and downs. Three weeks ago, he struck out 10 batters in eight innings. In his next start, he lasted just 2 23 innings. The last time Willis was on the mound, he gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings en route to a no decision against the Nationals.

Previous games
The Phils rolled over the Reds 9-0 on Tuesday night. Roy Halladay allowed just four baserunners in seven innings of work, and Ryan Howard homered twice to lead the Phils to their second straight win over Cincinnati.

Head-to-head
The Phils are 5-1 against the Reds this season, outscoring Cincinnati by 21 runs over six total games In 21 starts against the Phillies, Willis is 8-7 with a 4.33 ERA Combined,
Chase Utley and Placido Polanco are 9-for-58 (.155) against Willis Howard is 4-for-11 (.364) off Willis with a homer and four RBIs In nine career starts against the Reds, Lee is 5-2 with a 4.66 ERA Miguel Cairo is 8-for-16 (.500) against Lee with a triple and a pair of doubles.

Whos hot?
Raul Ibanez is five for his last nine with a home run Hunter Pence has a six-game hitting streak in the works Howard has three homers and six RBIs in his last three games Brandon Phillips extended his hitting streak to 13 games with his 1-for-4 performance on Tuesday night.
Storylines
The Phillies acquired John Bowker from the Pirates after the game Tuesday night. Bowker, 28, can play both corner outfield spots in addition to first base. He is a lifetime .237 hitter with 17 homers in 561 big-league at-bats. He spent 19 games with the Pirates this season and hit just .235. The Phils sent reliever Michael Schwimer to Triple-A to make room for Bowker.
Sound off
If Cliff Lee (.220 with two homers this season) took on Dontrelle Willis (.429 with one homer this season) in a home run derby, who would win? Remember, the D-Train has nine bombs for his career.