PHILADELPHIA, PA- JULY 30: Shane Victorino #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies steals second ahead of a tag by Neil Walker #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on July 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Pirates Vs. Phillies: Bucs Strike Out 15 Times As Cliff Lee Rolls

The Pirates lost 7-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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Pirates Vs. Phillies: Bucs Strike Out 15 Times As Cliff Lee Rolls

The Phillies crushed the Pirates 7-4 Saturday night as Cliff Lee struck out 11 batters.

I say "crushed" despite the close score because the Phillies were hitting balls hard all evening. The game featured a 400-plus-foot homer by Ryan Howard, a jack by Jimmy Rollins, and several other extra-base hits. 

On the other side of the ball, the Phillies struck out 15 batters, an incredible number. Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer, which is encouraging, and Neil Walker had a good night, with three hits. But the Bucs' offense wasn't nearly as impressive as that of the Phillies. 

Hunter Pence made his Phillies debut after coming over in a trade with the Astros. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The two teams finish their series at 1:35 PM on Sunday. 

For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the Phillies, check out The Good Phight.

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