Lee hit around in Phillies’ loss

 Posted by at 9:25 am
Apr 092011
Phillies ace Cliff Lee

Phillies ace Cliff Lee

April 9 Camden Courier-Post:

“The ball probably should have been caught. Shane Victorino knows he could have had it.

Instead, Chipper Jones’ line drive to deep center field caromed off his glove.

Victorino stumbled after the ball. Jones cruised into second with a double. Three runs scored. One batter later, Cliff Lee’s second outing of 2011 was over after just 3 1/3 innings.

It would be easy to blame Victorino. After all, the Phillies’ celebrated starting rotation was supposed to be too good to get knocked around the way Lee did Friday or Joe Blanton did two days earlier or Cole Hamels the day before that.

After a Phillies‘ starter exited early amid a disastrous inning for the third time in four days, there had to be some explanation.

Indeed, Victorino should have caught Jones’ line drive, but that was hardly at the root of the problem in the Phillies 3/8 6-3 loss to Atlanta.

“More than anything they just had a good day hitting,” Lee said. “I felt like I threw a lot of strikes. My ball was up a little bit, more than I like, but I have to tip my hat to them.”

Lee, the Phillies‘ prized offseason acquisition that completed the quartet of all-stars atop the starting rotation, was dreadful.”

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