Last night on sunny Labor Day evening at Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee became the first 20 game winner of the 2008 Major League Baseball season. For the 23,000 fans in attendance, they were not disappointed on Monday night. Lee was outstanding allowing only 5 hits and no walks while striking out 4 batters in a complete game. In fact there was a sequence when after allowing the first 2 hits of the game, Lee put down 21 straight batters and pitched like a man possessed.
In the dismal season that has overtaken the Tribe due to injuries and a lack of production early in the season, it’s good to see a bright spot in Cliff Lee. Through all the trouble he had last season, being sent down to the minors to regain his focus. He then started the season competing against Aaron Laffey to make the 5th spot in the rotation. To now, where he is responsible for 20 of the Indians 66 wins and has the best winning percentage in baseball.
Cliff Lee became the first Indians pitcher since Gaylord Perry in 1974 to win 20 games. In fact, Cliff has won 20 of first 22 decisions this season and has a A.L. best 2.32 ERA. He could (and rightfully will) win his first A.L. Cy Young Award. I am just happy that I was one of those lucky fans that was able to witness this remarkable night at Progressive Field. Congrats Cliff.
— Brian Schmoldt