Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel must have the most comfortable job in the world. Manuel fills out a lineup card and gets to enjoy watching an ace pitch a baseball game in four out of every five games.
One night after Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23 ERA) went the distance in a 3-2 win against the Washington Nationals, Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19 ERA) pitched another gem as the Phillies won 4-0. In nine innings of work, Lee threw only 99 pitches as he allowed three hits, one walk and struck out 12 batters. Former Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth (0/4, 2 K) was the final out of the game as he grounded out into a fielder’s choice.
With these performances by Halladay and Lee, this marks the first time the Phillies had pitchers deliver back-to-back complete games since Paul Byrd and Curt Schilling performed the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals (May 11-12, 1999).
For much of the game, the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 2.45 ERA) matched Lee pitch-for-pitch. Zimmerman was pitching a perfect game until he surrendered a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz during the sixth inning. Zimmerman allowed four runs and suffered the loss; however, the Ruiz home run was the only earned run allowed.
Jimmy Rollins collected his first RBI of the season with a single during the eighth inning. Despite batting third in the order and hitting .326 prior to this game, Rollins needed 54 at-bats to collect his first RBI of the season. Hall-of-Famer George Brett in 1991 was the last number three hitter to go through his first 12 games of the season without an RBI.
The Phillies return home on Friday to start a three-game series with the Florida Marlins. Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.25 ERA), Cole Hamels (1-1, 5.59 ERA) and Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45 ERA) are slated to pitch those three games respectively.
- Halladay and Lee pitched back-to-back complete games; the last Phillies to do this were Paul Byrd and Curt Schilling (May 11-12, 1999) against the St. Louis Cardinals
- Halladay and Lee are currently a combined 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 13.79 K/9
- In 14 career starts against the Florida Marlins, Oswalt is 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA