The Stat Line Of The Night — 6/28/11 — Cliff Lee
Most Major League pitchers will not record three complete-game shutouts throughout the course of an entire season. Cliff Lee had the opportunity to throw his third in a row last night when he took the mound against the Boston Red Sox. Accomplishing such a feat is no easy task against the league’s most potent offense, but like he has done to his opponents throughout the last month, Lee made the Red Sox batters look like minor leaguers, rather than a top tier MLB team.
Lee was dominant for the fifth start in a row, holding the Red Sox to just two hits and no runs over nine innings, en route to the 5-0 victory. Despite recording only five strikeouts, Lee frustrated the Sox batters with an assortment of fastballs, curveballs and changeups.
The Sox aren’t the first to be stymied by Lee this month. With the win, the Phillies’ lefty is now 5-0 in the month of June with an incredible 0.21 ERA. The only run against he has allowed over his last five starts came during a 7-1 victory against the Chicago Cubs. Lee will be disappointed to see the month of June end, but he capped it off in a big way, earning the complete-game shutout and the “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, June 28, 2011.