With a 2-0 count in the top of the seventh, Ted Lilly threw Cliff Lee an 81 MPH changeup, which our pretty pony promptly parked over the right field fence for his second home run of the season.
Incredibly, as you will hear from Scott Franzke and Larry Anderson, Lee pseudo-called his shot getting off the bus before the game. He told LA that he was going be the fourth person to ever hit one out of Dodger Stadium. That wasn’t entirely the case, but he did blast one over the fence just a few hours later. We’re going to say that counts. He also told reporters after the game that he had a bet going with Kyle Kendrick, who now owes The Clifton cash.
It gets better.
Lee has as many home runs against left-handed pitchers (1) as Ryan Howard… and, in going deep last night, he now has a higher home runs per at-bat rate than Jayson Werth. Lee’s two home runs in 53 official at-bats is good for a HR to AB ratio of 1:26.5. Werth’s 13 home runs in 407 at-bats? 1:31. $126 million.
Oh yeah, Lee pitched eight shutout innings, striking out 10 while giving up only four hits and two walks. Hey, Babe Ruth started out as a pitcher.
Video with Franzke’s call and exclusive footage of Lee’s home run, which resembled a certain other blast into the LA night… after the jump.
Somewhere, Matt Stairs is impressed.