Monday was a dour day for the Mets and their most talented pitcher as 24-year-old Matt Harvey is likely done for the season with a ligament tear in his throwing arm. The tear likely means Harvey will need Tommy John surgery which could sideline the ace for the rest of this season and all next year. Meanwhile the Phillies’ best pitcher this season took the mound Monday. He dazzled. And with it the Phillies kept winning. Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of one-run ball earning his first win since July 5 in the Phils’ 2-1 victory at Citi Field. It was the Phillies’ second straight win and seventh in their last 10 games. They improved to 7-4 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. “Honestly I didn’t feel as it turned out” Lee admitted. “I felt like I had to battle and continue to get outs. I was throwing strikes and had a good changeup which kind of saved me.” Lee (11-6) 34 has been lucky to avoid injuries for most of his career. He’s been an iron man for the Phils. His only significant time missed in a Phillies uniform came last season when he was out for 19 games with an oblique strain. Lee’s support Monday came from Cody Asche who has rebounded after a rough start to his major-league career. His two-RBI triple in the fourth inning was the only offense the Phillies found against Zack Wheeler and the Mets. Since starting his career 1 for 17 Asche is 20 for 66 (.303 average) with nine extra-base hits and 13 RBIs.
Lee sharp as Phils continue solid play in victory against Mets
Delaware Online | Aug 27