|Lee improved to 15-7 with the victory|
Behind a strong outing from Cy Young candidate Cliff Lee, Philadelphia blanked host Cincinnati (67-69) for the second consecutive night at Great American Ball Park, 3-0. The Reds look to avoid a four-game sweep tomorrow with first pitch slated for 12:35 PM.
But first, here's the good, the bad and some notables on Wednesday's "titanic struggle":
-Dontrelle Willis recorded his seventh quality start in his last eight outings. The Reds left-hander held the Phillies to three runs and five hits before exiting with two outs in the top of the seventh.
-Drew Stubbs collected a couple of base hits to break up a previous 1 for 9 stretch.
-The Reds won't have to face a former Cy Young Award Winner tomorrow. Instead they'll settle to take their swings off of rookie Vance Worley (9-1, 2.65 ERA).
-Help is on the way. Tomorrow marks the first day of the 40-man roster expansion and these players are expected to get the callup.
-Willis walked five and failed yet again to record his first major league win of the season.
-Cincinnati pitching surrendered three hits to the Phillies 7-hole hitter (Carlos Ruiz).
-The Reds were shutout for the eighth time this season (second straight game) and have not scored in 20 consecutive innings.
-With his 0 for 3 night at the dish, Paul Janish is now hitless in his last 25 at-bats.
-Brandon Phillips' modest 13-game hitting streak came to an end after his 0 for 4 performance..
-The Redlegs gave their faithful fans hope in the bottom of the ninth, but that hope was quickly dashed as pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso popped out to third with the bases loaded to end the game.