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Lee Sharp As Phils Fall

The Phillies traveled up U.S. Highway 19 to face the Toronto Blue Jays today in Dunedin, Florida. The team was looking to rebound off yesterday’s loss to the Jays in Clearwater.

Fan favorite Cliff Lee took to the hill for the Phillies, and was his usual fast working self. Lee pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits. The latter of which was an RBI double by Jose Bautista. Lee also recorded three strikeouts, topping out today at 90 mph. His fastball and breaking stuff all seemed right where they should be for late February.

Lee was opposed by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. As was the case yesterday, the Phillies were able to work the Toronto starting pitcher for a long first inning. Ben Revere led off with a single, and Bobby Abreu reached base two batters later on an error by shortstop Jose Reyes. Darin Ruf, who started in left field today, followed with a walk. With youngster Maikel Franco at the dish, Dickey threw a wild pitch that allowed Revere to score and give the Phils a 1-0 lead.

Franco then walked to reload the bases, but the Phils would not score again. This was the second time in as many games the Phillies had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the first but failed score, aside from the wild pitches.

In the top of third, Abreu again reached base with a walk. Ruf followed that with a mammoth shot to left center-field for his first home run of the spring. That gave the Phillies a 3-1 advantage. Here fans caught a glimpse of two players fighting for roster spots in very different career phases. One trying to begin & sustain a career, the other fighting for what might be his last chance in the bigs.

Brad Lincoln replaced Lee in the third, and got two outs before Moises Cierra reached on a throwing error by Cody Asche at third. Bautista then smashed a double over the head of Revere in center to score Cierra from first. Joey Bats finished with 3 RBI against Phillies’ pitching in two games. That made it 3-2.

The Blue Jays offense went to work in the fourth and fifth, scoring a total of five runs against Jake Diekman and Ethan Martin. Diekman was the victim of a few infield hits that shortstop Freddy Galvis couldn’t quite handle. Martin did not record an out in the fifth, allowing three runs before being removed from the game with right shoulder discomfort. He will be evaluated tomorrow morning.

John Mayberry, Jr. joined Ruf on the home run board with a solo shot of his own off the scoreboard in the sixth inning. That made it 7-4, and Toronto would eventually win it 7-5.

The Phils play again tomorrow at 1:05 against the Detroit Tigers at Brighthouse Field.

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