Cliff Lee’s dominant performance in Philadelphia all but silenced Marlins bats tonight. With a score of 12-2, you would think the story out of Philadelphia would be all about the bats. If it weren’t for Lee, it might have been. The steady Phillie left-hander was dealing all night with 8 hits allowed, 2 runs, and an impressive 14 strikeouts. It didn’t stop there. To add insult to injury, Lee went 3-4 with 4 RBIs. Just in case you were wondering, yes that is his career high single game RBI total.
September call up Sam Dyson made his first career start for the fish. It most assuredly did not go according to plan. Jitters seemed to set the tone, as he started the bottom of the first with 6 balls in the first 7 pitches. Dyson wracked up 4 walks and a cringe worthy seven runs allowed, with six of those coming in the third inning, and half of those on a Chase Utley home run. Every spot in the Phillies line-up scored a run except for catcher Carlos Ruiz, and every Marlins pitcher gave up at least one run, except for Arquimedes Caminero. Five more Phillies runs would score, including a 6th inning home run from first baseman Darin Ruf
It wasn’t all bad for the Fish. The fifth inning saw an Adeiny Hechavarria single drive in Justin Ruggiano from second. The final run of the game for the Marlins was scored by Ed Lucas in the sixth courtesy of an double by Ruggiano. Both Lucas and Ruggiano had doubles, as did Jake Marisnick pinch hitting in the 7th. A dazzling play from second baseman Donovan Solano in the 6th was a diamond in the rough. Ultimately, however, five doubles certainly weren’t enough to redeem abysmal Marlins pitching
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Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis made his first start after being out of the lineup since last Tuesday due to a swollen right thumb
With a career 2,214 hits, Juan Pierre needs one more to tie Joe Dimaggio at 176th on the all time list