The Phillies (30-34) were led by an impressive offensive showing and a dominate pitching performance by Jerad Eickhoff as they were able to snap their 4-game losing streak and defeat the Blue Jays (35-31) 7-0 tonight. Eickhoff topped his previous start, which was his best of the year to that point, and Odubel Herrera came up big at the plate tonight as the Phillies put up one of their best all-around performances of late.
The Phillies were able to put up 9 hits tonight to go along with the 7 runs scored. Three Phillies recorded multiple hits in tonight’s ballgame (Herrera, Hernandez, Bourjos). The Phillies were only able to put up one run before the 7th inning and it came off of a line drive home run to right field by Herrera in the 3rd inning. Ryan Howard gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the 7th inning when he hit a solo home run to deep right field , his 10th homer of the year. Peter Bourjos hit a ground rule double later in the inning to score Cody Asche and give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The next batter, Herrera, singled home Bourjos to give the Phillies the 4-0 advantage. The Phillies were not done scoring as they put up 3 more runs in the top of the 9th inning. Cesar Hernandez doubled home Carlos Ruiz, Bourjos singled home Asche, and Herrera grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Hernandez to give the Phillies the 7-0 lead, which would turn out to be the final score in tonight’s game. The only Toronto player to record multiple hits in tonight’s game was second baseman Devon Travis.
Phillies starting pitcher Eickhoff continued his steady improvement from his early season struggles as he put up his best outing of the season so far. Eickhoff improved to 4-8 with a 3.40 ERA on the season after earning the win in tonight’s game. Eickhoff pitched 6 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5 batters on 106 pitches. David Hernandez, Hector Neris, and Andrew Bailey each provided an inning of scoreless relief in tonight’s ballgame to preserve the shutout. Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey suffered the loss in tonight’s game, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 and 1/3 innings pitched. Dickey falls to 4-7 on the year with an ERA of 4.16. Blue Jays reliever Scott Diamond also struggled in tonight’s game, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits in the 9th inning.
The Phillies and Blue Jays will be back at it again tomorrow afternoon in Toronto at 12:35 p.m. for the 2nd of 4 games in this interleague home and home series. The Phils and Jays will play one more time at the Rogers Centre before heading back to Philly for the remaining 2 games of this series. Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin will make his highly anticipated debut tomorrow, pitching in place of the injured Vince Velasquez, as he will take on Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (5-2, 4.94 ERA). Eflin will have a difficult task in trying to quiet the high-powered Blue Jays offense in his debut, but he will look to help the Phillies get a second straight W and at least guarantee a split in this four game series.
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