So far in their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to find offense. That all changed on Sunday as Cliff Lee took the mound and Dominic Brown continued on an offensive tear. The rest of the Phillies offense came alive as well to avoid being swept, winning 7-5 over Milwaukee.
The Phillies’ bats were hot out of the gate. In the first inning alone, Philadelphia drove in five runs. That kind of run production has been a rare feat for the Phillies, as they can barely seem to score two or three runs a game, let alone five runs in one inning. Brown led the hot offense with his NL-leading 16th home run and went 3-for-3 on the day with a walk.
Because of the fast start offensively, Lee was able to pitch more aggressively. Through 7.2 innings, Lee was lights-out on the mound ,striking out 11 while giving up only three runs. Unlike the team’s other pitchers this season, Lee got some much-needed run support that allowed him to coast to victory. With the W for the Phillies, Lee improves to 7-2 and the team move one more game closer to .500.
Lee and Brown showed yet again why they deserve to be selected to the 2013 All-Star Game. They step up when called upon and led their team to victory. While the season is grim as a whole for the Phillies, Lee continues to find success on the mound, while Brown his proving all his naysayers wrong.