The last time Cliff Lee faced the Dodgers he gave up three runs in seven innings pitched, all of which came off one swing of Hanley Ramirez's bat for a first-inning three-run jack. On Friday in Philadelphia, Lee had a similar performance, giving up three runs on five hits in eight innings.
The game was scoreless heading into the fourth inning until Hanley Ramirez hit another homerun off of Lee to put the score at 2-0. On the season Ramirez is 3-6 with five RBI's and two runs scored off of Lee.
The Dodgers were gifted with another run in the eighth as Lee walked A.J. Ellis with two outs, his only walk of the game, and Mark Ellis hit a soft drive to left field that dropped just in front of Dominic Brown. Brown completely missed the ball on an awful half-fall/half-dive attempt giving Mark Ellis a double to score A.J. Ellis.
Lee exited the game after the eighth, and the Dodgers tacked on one extra run of insurance. Hanley Ramirez got his second hit of the game, a single, then stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw from catcher, Carlos Ruiz. Scott Van Slyke singled to center, scoring Ramirez for the fourth and final run of the night.
Zack Grienke had another strong outing with 7.1 innings of three hit, shutout ball. He walked four, and struck out three on the way to his second consecutive shutout performance. Over his last four starts he has allowed four runs to score in 27 innings, with 22 hits and 21 strikeouts, lowerin his ERA from 3.49 to 3.02.
Out of the pen the Dodgers used three pitchers in 1.2 innings. When Paco Rodriguez entered the game in the eighth, he inherited two runners from Greinke with one out.
Rodriguez struck out Chase Utley, but then walked Dominic Brown to load the bases. Ronald Belisario came in to face Darin Ruf and struck him out to end the bases-loaded threat with a nasty pitch that dove right underneath his bat.
Despite there not being a save opportunity at 4-0, Kenley Jansen was brought in to close out the ninth. He did so easily, striking out one and inducing two ground balls to give the Dodgers their ninth straight win, 14th in 15 August games, and 41st in 49 games.
Saturday the Dodgers go for an even ten-straight wins, and with Clayton Kershaw on the mound you kind of have to like their odds.
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Greinke did not slip-up all night!
Zack Greinke and Cliff Lee are pitching very well so far for both teams. Who will slip first? #Dodgers
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Tons of appreciation for Hanley after his home run
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First Home Run Cliff Lee has allowed in August too!
Wooooo ! Hanley two run jack off cliff lee! #dodgers
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