On a night advertised as a pitcher's duel, Cliff Lee moved to the head of the class. The newest Phillie dominated the Diamondbacks using a career-high 11 strikeouts, going the distance in an 8-1 triumph.
At this hour, the Diamondbacks are making their way back to their hotel rooms, unaware of what hit them. Using 106 pitches to record 27 outs, Lee, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth, buzzed 81 strikes past the D-Backs, beaning a batter, but walking none. The only balls that nestled safely in play seemed to do so by dumb luck. Mix in two hits of his own and the hapless D-Backs would be well served to comb the pitcher's mound for hair samples to clone a copy of their own. Lee is a superhuman 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and two complete games in his four starts since the Phils traded Jim Bob and what's-his-face to Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the offense clobbered a top-rung National League starter like it was nothing, bombing Dan Haren for his worst start of the year: six runs over five innings, using homers by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth to do it. Werth would again go long in the seventh. Footnotes could include a second night of favorable umpiring and no Diamondbacks defense to speak of, but doing so would steal focus from the man of the hour.