LeeCliff Lee beat the Cincinnati Reds with 8 ⅔ scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven. He finishes August 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA after going 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in the month of June.
According to Elias, he’s just the third pitcher in major league history to have two months in a single season with at least five wins, no losses and an ERA under 1.00.
You may have heard of the other two pitchers: Bob Gibson did it in 1968 going 6-0 with an 0.50 ERA in both June and July. Walter Johnson did it back in 1913 going 5-0 with an 0.24 ERA in April and 6-0 with an 0.81 ERA in July.
It’s Lee’s 10th scoreless start of the season, the most in the big leagues (Clayton Kershaw, 9). It’s the eighth one where he threw more than eight innings, easily the most in the majors (James Shields and Kershaw, 5).
Lee is 6-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his past six starts -- including his last start in July -- and four of those starts have been scoreless outings. In 15 starts since June 1 he’s 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 108 strikeouts against just 21 walks.
How Lee beat the Reds on Wednesday:
• He threw 30 two-strike pitches, but no more than eight with any one pitch. With two strikes, the Reds went 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts.
• He threw 49 pitches up in the strike zone or up out of the zone and the Reds put 10 of them in play, resulting in eight outs. In starts when he’s thrown at least 40 high pitches, he’s 6-0.
• In all three innings after the Phillies scored, Lee had a 1-2-3 inning.
It's the Phillies' league-leading 19th shutout and they've won 10 of their past 11 games against the Reds -- and 13 of 14 including playoffs.
-- Andrew Davis contributed to this report