Philadelphia Phillies: Cliff Lee and His Self-Win Against the Dodgers

John BowenContributor IIIAugust 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 09:  Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 9, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Well, obviously there's no such thing, unless you're Satchel Paige. 

But Cliff Lee came pretty close last night, going eight shutout innings, fanning 10 while scattering just four hits and walking two in the Philadelphia Phillies' 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. 

He also hit a solo home run. In other words, Lee did better against a rock-solid Ted Lilly than the Dodgers offense, which includes some professional hitters (and an MVP candidate) did against Lee.

There have been 20 other instances of a pitcher homering this season, including another one by Lee himself.  Here are the best pitching performances by homering pitchers:

Player

Team

Opponent

Date

IP

H

ER

K/BB

Cliff Lee

Phillies

Dodgers

Aug 9

8

4

0

10/2

Daniel Hudson

DBacks

Dodgers

Jul 17

9

5

1

3/0

Tim Hudson

Braves

Blue Jays

Jun 20

8

2

0

8/1

Zach Duke

Dbacks

Astros

May 28

7

3

0

4/1

So, I guess when Win/Loss record and run support comes up in Cy Young discussions, old school writers should just point to these guys and ask what they were complaining about.

Unfortunately for Felix Hernandez—who should really bat about third in the Mariners’ lineup—homering is not an option afforded to American League pitchers most of the time. 

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