Stats & Info: Walter Johnson

Cliff Lee
Cliff 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

Rapid Reaction: Strasburg's dazzling debut

June, 8, 2010
Stephen Strasburg's debut was among the most hyped in MLB history. And it was also one of those rare moments when an athlete's performance lived up to the considerable hype swirling around him. Let's put his performance into context.

The MLB record for strikeouts in an MLB debut is 15, shared by Karl Spooner (1954 Dodgers) and J.R. Richard (1971 Astros). And he did it all with just 94 pitches, 65 of which were strikes. Of his 24 batters faced, Strasburg fired a first-pitch strike to 16 of them. He induced 41 swings and 18 of them missed Pirate bats.

Strasburg retired the final 10 hitters he faced, including the last seven and eight of the last nine by strikeout. The last pitcher to strike out seven in a row in their MLB debut was Sammy Stewart for the 1978 Orioles.

Strasburg struck out the side three times (2nd, 6th and 7th innings). No Pirate hitter reached base after Delwyn Young's 4th-inning home run. Every Pirate starter was struck out by Strasburg at least once.

His fastball caught everyone's attention as it averaged 97.9 MPH tonight according to Inside Edge, but he used it for just half of his 14 punchouts. His curveball was responsible for four of his strikeouts, and his changeup for three.

He is the first pitcher with 14+ strikeouts without walking a batter in his MLB debut. Forget about the amazing context that this came in his MLB debut, but with this performance he joins an elite list of starters to put up those numbers in ANY game while pitching seven or fewer innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg joins this list of pitchers to do that in the modern era of baseball (since 1900): Brad Penny (2007), Javier Vazquez (2003), Randy Johnson (twice in 2001), Mike Mussina (2000) and Roger Clemens (1997).

In fact, Strasburg has already equaled the great Nolan Ryan with one career start featuring at least 14 strikeouts and no walks... and he did so in 772 fewer career starts!

And long-time Washington baseball diehards may have been reminded of another famous Washington hurler after witnessing Strasburg's effort on Tuesday. Take a look at the numbers during his debut compared to Walter Johnson's first MLB game for the Washington Senators way back in 1907. Strasburg and the Nats defeat the Pirates 5-2, while Johnson and the Senators lost to Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers 3-2.