Jul 102011
Phillies ace Cliff Lee celebrates his first career home run

Phillies ace Cliff Lee celebrates his first career home run

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Philadelphia Phillies fall to Atlanta Braves in 11 innings, 4-1

July 10 LehighValleyLive.com

Cliff Lee kept the Philadelphia Phillies in the game with his arm and his bat Saturday afternoon, but the rest of the Phillies didn’t do much as the Atlanta Braves took a 4-1 decision in 11 innings in front of 45,637 fans at Citizens Bank Park.  The win pulled Atlanta (54-37) to within 2 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Phillies (56-34).  Lee’s first major league home run — hit to right-center field near the 398-foot mark in the the third inning — was the only Phils’ offense. Lee battled Braves starter Tommy Hanson in the at-bat, fouling off five balls before drilling a 3-2 pitch into the seats.

Lee blasts first homer, but left to fend for self in loss

July 10 CSN Philly

As Cliff Lee fouled off fastball after fastball, the rumble in the stands intensified, until the left-handed pitcher did something at the plate that few other Phillies could on this day: emphatically contacted bat with ball.  Lee’s third-inning home run — the first of his nine-year big league career — turned out to be the only run the home nine would score Saturday against the Braves’ imposing pitching staff. Instead of sparking a second straight victory, the memorable blast proved to be the lone highlight in a frustrating defeat.

Philadelphia Phillies’ struggling offense leaves little margin for error

July 10 LehighValleyLive.com

Coming into this weekend’s key National League East showdown series between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, much of the preliminary talk centered around the powerful starting rotations and deep bullpens of each team.  There wasn’t much buzz about the teams’ hitting — with good reason, as Saturday’s 4-1, 11-inning Atlanta win showed.

For Halladay, playing in the All-Star game never gets old

July 10 Wilmington News Journal

Tuesday’s trip to Arizona will mark Roy Halladay’s eighth time at the All-Star game, and while the experience doesn’t hold quite the same level of excitement as it did the first time, it’s still an honor he relishes.  When he went for the first time as a 25-year-old in 2002, it was a bit overwhelming playing alongside so many players he’d admired. Now, he’s one of the veterans the younger players are anxious to meet, and it’s Halladay’s kids who provide the bulk of the enthusiasm.

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