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.
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