Cliff Lee not only flummoxed the Marlins with his pitching arm. He also beat them with the bat, driving in four runs with three hits.
“He really did everything,” said manager Mike Redmond after the Marlins dropped a 12-2 decision to the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Said Marlins rookie Christian Yelich, who struck out each of his first three times to the plate: “He did it all.”
Did he ever.
Lee struck out 14, whiffing Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Mathis three times each.
“He’s just tough, going in and out and hitting his spots,” Yelich said.
It marked only the eighth time in franchise history that an opposing pitcher racked up 14 or more strikeouts against the Marlins. The last to do it was the Mets’ John Maine in 2007.
After Yelich and Stanton each struck out in their first three at bats, Yelich said, “We were both fighting not to strike out the fourth time.” Yelich grounded out in his fourth at-bat against Lee, and Stanton singled.
Lee also drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the Phillies’ six-run third inning, drove in another with his first career triple in the fifth and made it a four-RBI night with a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Lee’s performance was in direct contrast to his counterpart on the Marlins, Sam Dyson.
Dyson, who was making his first major-league start, was roughed up by the Phillies for seven runs before being lifted after only 2 2/3 innings. It wasn’t the worst start ever by a Marlins pitcher. Not statistically. That dubious distinction belongs to Pat Rapp, who gave up 10 runs in only 2 2/3 innings of a 1997 game.
But Dyson’s performance ranked as one of the all-time stinkers.
“I fell behind most of the night,” Dyson said. “Most of the mistakes I made I had to pay for.”
The Phillies scored six runs off Dyson in the third inning alone, with Chase Utley belting a three-run homer and Lee contributing with a two-run single with the bases loaded. Lee brought a .135 average into the game.
At least the Marlins avoided being shut out for a second day in a row when Adeiny Hechavarria drove in a run off Lee in the fifth. But, one day after losing 1-0 to the Mets in 12 innings, it was another quiet night at the plate for the Marlins, who managed only seven total runs in the four-game Mets series.
Lee held the Marlins to a pair of runs on eight hits before exiting after the eighth inning.
Kudos for Kotsay
Redmond sent a text message to Mark Kotsay after hearing his former Marlins teammate announced his plans to retire after the season.
“I just told him congratulations on a great career,” Redmond said.
Redmond and Kotsay were Marlins teammates from 1998 to 2000 and played together in the minors.
Brian Flynn said he made adjustments to his delivery that he hopes will correct the wildness he displayed in his previous start. Flynn, who is scheduled to take the mound Tuesday, gave up six runs on six hits and six walks in only four innings his last time out.
“I was just trying to do too much, probably tried to put more on [the ball] than was in the tank,” Flynn said of last Thursday’s outing against the Braves.
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