Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Mlb-all-star-home-run
The Phillies will not finish the season 0-162!  The Phillies avoided the sweep with their 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Cliff Lee pitched extremely well in his first appearance of the season.  Lee fanned eight batters in as many innings.  Lee only surrendered two hits and did not walk a batter.  After poor outings by Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay to start the season, the rotation needed a strong outing from a starter. Run support for Lee was an issue in 2012, but the offense was able to produce just enough runs for Lee tonight.  The Phillies scored both runs via small ball.  Ben Revere grounded out to drive in a run in the second inning.  A few batters later, Chase Utley brought home another run on a sacrifice fly to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.  The Phillies did have a couple hard-hit balls, but Thursday’s weather benefited hitters and kept the ball in the yard.  It would have been nice to score some more runs, but Lee did dominate. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save of the season, and to secure Lee’s victory.  Lee’s first win in 2012 wasn’t until July. It only took one game for him to get his first win in 2013. The Phillies get their first win and return to Philadelphia on a positive note.  The Phillies will take on the Kansas City Royals for the home opener tomorrow.  The home crowd will be excited to have the Phillies back in town.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: UAB football player brings helmet to graduation

Andrew Luck to students: 'I'm only 25, I don't have advice'

Mark Sanchez: Tebow is another arm while Bradford recovers

Report: Former LSU CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests

Six players suspended for White Sox-Royals brawl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Stephen A. Smith blasts Brady for missing White House visit

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Report: Angels, Rangers talking Josh Hamilton trade

Roger Goodell calls both Los Angeles stadium plans 'viable'

Five-star hoops star Malik Newman commits to Miss State

Crabtree on joining Raiders: 'Ain't got nothing to lose'

Greg Hardy abandons his Bentley during flash flood

WATCH: LeBron James hits full-court shot after practice

Peyton Manning announces $3 million gift to Tennessee

WATCH: Leah Still scores TD in Temple spring game

WATCH: Todd Gurley shares video of himself sprinting

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Calipari’s new project: Create virtual reality experience for fans

Maurice Jones-Drew will retire with the Jaguars on Tuesday

Ovechkin jokes about taking a chair from Nassau Coliseum

Uniform colors have already been picked for Vegas NHL team

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Sanchez shares thoughts on Tebow

Stephen A. Smith blasts Tom Brady

Kris Humphries apologizes for Jenner tweet

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.