On point with an array of pitches, Cliff Lee went the distance, striking out nine for his first shutout in a Phillies uniform. The Phils got four of their runs from a Carlos Ruiz bases-clearing double. Chooch, who entered the game hitting .364/.463/.545 in September, blasted the ball all over the place on a 2-for-4 night. Ironically, his three-run double was his worst contact of the night. The Phils, currently 7 1-2 games up in the division, look on as Florida goes to the seventh carrying a 2-1 lead over St. Louis.
Beerleaguer: Now that's pitching. The Phils have passed the ball to some sure-handed starters lately, none better than Lee tonight. A total change of pace from the rest of the staff. Just needles opposing hitters with strikes. Offensively, Ruiz is hitting as well as I've ever seen. Very good season from Chooch out of the eight-hole.