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Total domination. That's what we like to call Cliff Lee's eight-inning performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out ten batters and allowed just three hits in all while facing only two batters over the minimum. This gives Lee a 2-0 postseason record and a minuscule 0.74 ERA over three playoff starts. Outstanding to say the least.
Meanwhile, sluggers Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth provided the big bats early on, helping the Philadelphia Phillies crush their NLCS rivals 11-0 for a 2-1 series lead. They struck quickly, gaining a 6-0 lead by the second inning and chasing Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda off the hill after he failed to get more than four outs... six hits and six runs later.
Big Brown nailed three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the first before Werth blasted a two-run homer. That proved to be more than enough for Lee to work with.
Right-hander Joe Blanton will start Game 4 Monday night against lefty Randy Wolf, who hasn’t seen the mound since the opener of the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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