It didn’t take long to figure out if the small-craft wind advisory would have an affect on Saturday afternoon’s game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. In fact, it only took a few pitches from Blue Jays’ starter R.A. Dickey to notice which way the wind was blowing. The Phillies’ first four hitters got three extra-base hits, including a line drive home run from Ryan Howard, to jump out to a quick, 3-0 lead. But much to Cliff Lee’s chagrin, the stiff, 20-mph winds didn’t shift directions when he took the mound in the Phillies’ 11-6 loss. The Blue Jays pounded out eight extra-base hits, including homers from Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio, to snap the Phils’ modest, two-game spring winning streak. Lee allowed three extra-base hits to the Jays’ hitters, including the wind-blown homer to Bonifacio. Maybe on a different day the seemingly routine fly balls would have been outs, but then again, that’s why it’s best to take spring stats with a grain of salt. And though he was tagged for three runs and five hits in three innings in his second outing of the spring, Lee reported that he felt pretty good about the Saturday outing.
Cliff Lee battles elements in loss, but feels good
CSN Philly | Mar 3