Lee gets back on track with shutout
With a sellout crowd standing and roaring in anticipation of another shutout,
Swing and miss. Game over.
Lee threw a six-hitter,
“Every time I’m on the mound, I want to be the last guy out there,” Lee said. “I feel strong and good and hopefully I continue to feel that way.”
In his best outing in three weeks, Lee (7-2) struck out nine and walked three to record his second shutout and sixth complete game this season. He was 1-2 with a 9.60 ERA in his previous three starts after giving up three earned runs in his first five with Philadelphia.
“My past few outings I got a little fastball happy,” Lee said. “Tonight, I tried to be more conscious of mixing speeds and it worked. That’s the name of the game. You have to be as unpredictable as possible.”
The defending World Series champions acquired the reigning
On Sunday night,
“He was still strong at the end,” Manuel said. “He was still popping his fastball. It had a lot of life on it.”
“He had a little bad luck,”
Lee hardly broke a sweat except in the fourth inning. He walked the bases loaded after going 39 innings without issuing one. But Lee struck out
He fanned the last two batters in the ninth, firing a 92 mph fastball past Bard on his 124th pitch to end it.
“I expect to be successful every time I pitch,” Lee said. “I have confidence in myself.”
Ruiz, the No. 8 hitter in Philadelphia’s potent lineup, has been hot lately. Since Aug. 15, he’s batting .371 (26 for 70) to raise his average from .224 to .258.
“He’s seeing the ball good, he’s being more aggressive and more selective,” Manuel said.
Lee has 13 career complete games, including four shutouts. … The