Less than 24 hours after Wilson Valdez took the hill for the Phils, it was only fitting that Cliff Lee was the hitting star in a 10-4 win over the Reds.
Lee delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh. Ironically, he likely would have been lifted for a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and nobody out in the sixth in a 4-4 game had the Phillies not used the entire organization in Wednesday’s 19-inning marathon. The multi-hit game was the third of Lee’s career. Among the players who couldn’t get two hits in more than six hours of baseball one night earlier: Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz. And of the 41 players who got into Wednesday’s game, only one (Jay Bruce) had as many RBIs as Lee racked up with two swings of the bat on Thursday. Oh, and Lee also pitched eight innings for the second straight start.
Raul Ibanez contributed a three-run homer and Chase Utley hit his first home run of the season for the Phils, who went 10-10 in their 20-game stretch against teams with winning records. Even Michael Martinez (two hits, two RBIs) and Domonic Brown (two hits, walk) got into the act.
Contreras returns: Jose Contreras, back on a major league mound for the first time since April 21, worked the ninth. He retired the side in order, notching two foul outs and a strikeout.
Next up: The Phils open a weekend set against the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night. Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.77) goes for the good guys against Chris Capuano (3-5, 5.36).