Even when it’s supposed to be easy, the Phillies go out of their way to make things difficult. At least that seems to be the go-to move in 2013 for the Phils and it was put into clear evidence during Sunday afternoon’s 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. With a seven-run lead before they finished two innings and with Cliff Lee dealing on the mound, the Phillies could have had a leisurely afternoon where the only drama would have been Domonic Brown going for the cycle. Instead, Lee got cramps and left the game with 11 strikeouts and a near shutout. Hot-hitting catcher Jonathan Lucroy nearly hit a grand slam before the Brewers had the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run on first base with one out in the ninth inning. And oh yeah, the closer was nowhere to be found because he was sick with some sort of illness that manager Charlie Manuel said was making its way through the clubhouse for the past week. Easy? The Phillies don’t know the meaning of the word. “I tell you what, I had the same thing,” Manuel said about Papelbon’s illness that kept him out of the tense ninth inning. “I had cramps, I felt real bad, I had a lot of congestion and my head and my stomach were killing me.” Without Papelbon, and with eighth-inning man Mike Adams unavailable after too much action over the past couple of days, Manuel turned to Justin De Fratus in the eighth and lefty Antonio Bastardo to close it out. With a six-run lead and Lee turning in his second straight gem, Manuel had planned on using one pitcher. Lee would have been all the Phillies needed, if he could have continued. “He had cramps in his hips and his legs,” Manuel said. “Actually, I wasn’t thinking of taking him out of the game. I thought it was necessary.” Lee breezed through the Brewers’ lineup, picking up 11 strikeouts without a walk while working on a three-hit shutout going into the eighth inning. It was the 16th time Lee had struck out at least 10 batters in a game as a Phillie — the first this season — and the 24th time of his career. If the Brewers weren’t striking out against Lee, they were hitting it into the ground. Lee forced 11 ground-ball outs to go with the 11 strikeouts and greeted 20 of the 29 hitters he faced with first-pitch strikes. But on a hot and humid day, the cramps gripped Lee the way the illness knocked out Papelbon.
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