The Cleveland Indians' Cliff Lee becomes the team's 1st 20 game winner since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974! Cliff was in control as he shut out the division leading White Sox in a complete game effort. Lee allowed 5 hits, striking out 4, and walking none!
As the game ended on a double play, Lee acknowledge the cheers of the fans and his teammates as a video tribute from Gaylord Perry and Bob Feller honored Lee on the scoreboard. Lee joins these hall of famers and others as Cleveland 20 game winners.
A year ago, Lee was brought up from AAA ball for the stretch run, making him ineligible for the playoffs. Lee struggled with injury and control, but as manager Eric Wedge stated, "Cliff's mental toughness brought him back."
Cliff Lee brings his professional record to 74 - 38 at a .661 winning percentage.
The Minnesota Twins no doubt were very interested in this game as they won today and this White Sox loss puts the Twins back into a tie with the Sox for the division lead.
Keep in mind that the Indians' last 3 games of the season are in Chicago where Cleveland can return the favor from 2005 to Ozzie and the boys!